Phillies-Rockies II

Thumbnail image for stairs 0412.jpgHey, it looks like a rematch.

The Colorado Rockies swept the Phillies in the National League Division Series in 2007, but the Phillies get another shot at Colorado this week when they meet again in the NLDS.

Game 1 is Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.

“We kind of owe them something,” Charlie Manuel said yesterday. “[Rockies general manager] Dan O’Dowd is my former boss and a good friend of mine. Man, I’d like to beat him. I think we’ll be prepared. But I also think they’ll be prepared. They’ve got a lot of energy and they like to play. That’s why they’re where they’re at. That’s why they have such a big record ever since the first month of the season. They play like they just love to play baseball, and they go out there to beat you.”

The Phillies are 4-2 against the Rockies this season, but they have not seen them since Aug. 6 in Philadelphia. The Rockies were 59-49 at the time, but are 34-19 (.642) since for the best record in the National League and the second-best record in baseball.

The Phillies haven’t been in Colorado since April, when Matt Stairs capped a three-game series victory with a pinch-hit home run in the ninth-inning in a 7-5 victory April 12. It wasn’t just a memorable homer because Stairs won the game with a bomb to right-center field. It was memorable because it was Harry Kalas‘ last home run call. He died the next day in Washington.

The Phillies won the three-game series in August with the help from left-handers J.A. Happ, who threw a four-hit, 10-strikeout shutout, and Cliff Lee, who allowed one run and struck out nine in seven innings.

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5 Comments

The Phillies will be playing one of the hottest teams in baseball in the NLDS in the Colorado Rockies. I was watching the game last night with the Dodgers vs Rockies and the Rockies don’t have a lot of marquee names on that team but they have guys who play hard nose baseball and score runs.

The Rockies pitcher, Jorge De La Rosa has reeled off 16 wins since June 1 after starting 0-6 in his first ten starts of the season. He didn’t win last night, but he was going for a record for the Rockies to tie the franchise record in wins at 17. The Phillies may be facing him in Game 1 at Philadelphia.

At least we know who the Phillies are playing now, I hope it doesn’t end up like the last time with the Rockies who as we remember, went to the World Series that year only to lose to Boston and get swept out of the Series 4-0.

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This makes me really nervous. But it would be sweet to get some revenge!
I’ll be there, on Thurs. rooting our Fightins’ on!

I too am nervous. Lately they don’t seem to have the “fire in the belly” mentality. I’m hoping that with the couple of days rest that it will enable them to be reenergized especially Chase.

That’s a funny picture. Stairs looks like an old man walking with a cane.

It’s almost never good to run into a hot team in a 5-game series.

norma: I’ll be in Section 420 on Thursday. Looks like it will be an afternoon game – at least that’s my guess at this point.

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