Wednesday, October 03, 2007

(Rocky Mountain) High Hopes


Series Breakdown:

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.

Starting Pitching:
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.
Advantage: Phils

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.

17 comments:

GM-Carson said...

I too am predicting Phils in 4.

By the way, did you just call yourself an idiot indirectly in the "intangibles" section?

Corey said...

no, i think it was pretty direct...

Bob D said...

It looks like the starting pitching is really lopsided in favor of the Phils. That helps with keeping the offense which is pretty even in favor of the Phils, however when it gets to the bullpen things flip. Lets hope that the starters go 7, 8, and 9 innings each time out. I am psyched for this series. It will be a good time.

Jacobin said...

Today's the day to get the march to The Series underway! Cole needs to set the tone early by setting down those Rockies in order. And Jimmy has been getting it done all year, so he doesn't need any motivation... but here's his chance to show everyone why he's the MVP and not Holiday.

I'll be in court when the game gets underway... (*grumble* thank you major league baseball). But when I get out of there and get the radio on, I want to hear we've got at least a five-run lead!

Kevin McGuire said...

On your statement that the Rockies have a defensive edge, because they have the edge at first base...WHAT? The Phillies, other than first base, have some of the best fielders in the game, let alone this series. Give me Rowand, Rollins, and Utley any day over the Rockies equivalents.

In any event, I'm picking the Phillies in five tough games.

furiousBall said...

I agree with the edge being given to the Rockies on D. Tulohoweveryouspellhisfuckignname this season has completed more assists than any other SS since Ozzie Smith.

Jacobin said...

The Daily News ran its writers' predictions for the Phillies-Rockies series. Everyone took the Phillies in four or five games except for Marcus Hayes... Mr. Hayes seems to think the Rockies will win in five.

Screw him! Phils in four!

BenJah said...

since both teams have been running on adrenaline and momentum so heavily the last few weeks, i think the series could go to whichever team gets the early lead. the rockies DEFINATELY have the edge on defense, but i like the philly offense.

phils in 3, or rockies in 4

BloodStripes said...

Game 1 is ours. Hamels will be too good. Lets go Phils!!!

BloodStripes said...

Spoke too soon. Hey, I think I just saw a shot of Carson waving that rally towel. For real. Red t-shirt no cap, looking a bit pained willing Hamels on for an out. Bad inning.

Jarex said...

Were there any "MVP" chants as Holliday rounded the bases? I wasn't listening. I don't think there were. I just wanted to vent in the form of sarcasm.

Jacobin said...

C'mon Phillies! Where's the damn offense?

Jacobin said...

Aww f^ck. Now we need to win the next three to make my prediction come true.

Jacobin said...

Our band worked on putting "The Time Warp" into our playing arsenal this evening in preparation for a Halloween show. I guess that's twice today that Rocky Horror has touched my life... the first being when I looked at the final score.

I was stuck in a hearing until nearly 6 today, so I missed most all of the game. I guess it could have been worse.

BloodStripes said...

That was total crap. What the hell happened to Utley? 4 Strikeouts. The first three on nine pitches. Unbelievable. The top 4 went 0 for 15. Better come ready to play tomorrow boys.

SirAlden said...

We have to get our back to the wall first as you know....

GM-Carson said...

That sucked!