Wednesday, October 03, 2007
(Rocky Mountain) High Hopes
Offense: Broad Street versus Blake Street. Howard, Rollins, Utley, Burrell...Holiday, Helton, Hawpe, Atkins. Make sure your pen is full of ink if you are scoring at home (or even if you are alone), because the scorecard is going to get messy. Advantage: Push
Defense: Both teams wear gloves the majority of the time, although the Rockies may have a slight edge at first base...Advantage: Rockies.
Bench: Dobbs, Werth, Coste...Barmes, Carroll, Spilborghs. Advantage: Phils.
Relief Pitching: This could be the difference maker. Other than Myers and Romero, no one has been close to impressive. The Rockies have good arms in Corpas, Herges, Hawkins, Affeldt and the big key, lefty slinger Brian Fuentes. If the Rocks have a lead late and Howard/Utley are due up, the Phils could be in trouble. Advantage: Rockies.
Game 1: Cole Hamels v. that "Good-looking-lefty" Jeff Francis. Let's hope Francis repeats his last performance against the Phils, 3.1 IP and 8 ER. I like our young starter at home in this one.
Game 2: Kyle Kendrick v. Mark Redman. AA versus AAAA. Kendrick has been poised, confident, and consistent. Redman pitched in 4 organizations this year and only made 5 major league starts. Sure, he's a veteran and he's a lefty, but that's about it.
Game 3: Jamie Moyer v. Josh Fogg. Moyer showed what he can do in big games (with big strike zones.) Fogg sucked in Pittsburgh, he'll suck here too.
Game 4: Kyle Lohse v. Ubaldo Jimenez. Lohse has been solid for the Phils, I don't think anyone could have asked for more. Jimenez is young and very good. I would favor the Rocks in this game.
Game 5: Repeat of game 1.
Managers: Uncle Charlie v. Clint Hurdle. This is a lose-lose situation. Advantage: Push.
Intangibles: Definition - "Incapable of being perceived by the senses. Incapable of being realized or defined." Therefore, no one can say one team has more intangibles than another team. It's a bogus argument and people that use it in comparisons are idiots. That said, the Phils have way more. Aaron Rowand is good for at least 7 or 8 intangibles by himself. Advantage: Phillies.
Prediction: Phils in 4.