Tuesday, October 6, 2009

NL Playoff Preview: Rockies vs. Phillies

Game 1 @ Phillies                          
Wednesday @ 2:37 PM                   
Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Cliff Lee

Game 2 @ Phillies
Thursday @ 2:37 PM
Aaron Cook vs. Cole Hamels

Game 3 @ Rockies
Saturday @ 9:37 PM  
Pitchers: TBD

This series is tough to call.  Both the Phillies and Rockies hit and pitch well.  You just don't know whose pitching will stop their opponents hitting better than the other.  The Phillies have more home run power.  Both ballparks are hitters parks so there might be quite a few runs scored.  Starting pitching is dead even so it may come down to the bullpens.  Rockies closer Huston Street was outstanding during the season with a 4-1 record, 3.06 ERA and 35 of 37 saves.  On the other hand Phillies closer Brad Lidge has been awful with 11 blown saves and an ERA over 7.

The teams faced each other in the 2007 NLDS.  The Phillies had won the NL East and the Rockies were the wild card winner.  The Rockies quickly swept the Phillies in 3 games.

Pick:  Rockies in 5

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