Phils,Rockies Rematch Should Be Better Series

Two years ago, the Phillies and Rockies met in the NLDS and it wasn't much of a series. Now, the Phillies are a little more postseason tested and this year's rematch should result in a more intriguing series.

It's only natural that fans will look back to 2007 and remember the shellacking that the Colorado Rockies put on the Phillies in the NLDS. Two years ago on October 7, the Phillies were packing up their lockers, having been eliminated in three games by the Rockies. As a team, the Phillies hit just .172 and their pitching staff posted a 5.54 ERA as the Rockies outscored them 16-8 and moved on to play - and sweep - the Arizona Diamondbacks in four games to advance to the World Series against Boston. In the World Series, the Rockies would be the ones being swept as Boston claimed the World Series title for the second time in four seasons.

Back then, there were names like Pat Burrell, Tom Gordon, Tadahito Iguchi and Aaron Rowand on the Phillies postseason roster. This season, names like Raul Ibanez, Brad Lidge, Ben Francisco and Miguel Cairo are on the Phillies roster. Players like Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino have come into their own as players and are now bona fide All-Stars.

Game One saw Jeff Francis go against Cole Hamels. Back then, Hamels was very good, but he wasn't the pitcher that he is now. The 2007 NLDS was somewhat of a training camp for Hamels, who would go on to be named the Most Valuable Player of both the NLCS and the World Series in 2008 as the Phillies picked up their first postseason hardware in 28 years. While Francis was able to out-pitch Hamels, he's nowhere to be found now. And actually, Hamels wasn't the real problem. Reliever Tom Gordon was hit for two runs in 2/3 of an inning and Colorado walked away with a 4-2 win in Game One, which was also at Citizens Bank Park.

The Game Two starters, Franklin Morales and Kyle Kendrick, were both hit hard and were both gone before the fourth inning was over. This time, it was Jose Mesa who faltered badly in relief and the Phillies wound up on the wrong end of a 10-5 score and found themselves headed to Colorado down two-games-to-none.

Looking for any reason to be optimistic, the Phillies rallied around Jamie Moyer, who threw an impressive six innings and the game was tied going to the eighth after the Phillies got a seventh inning home run from Shane Victorino that tied the game at 1-1. This time, it was J.C. Romero who gave up the winning run to the Rockies in the bottom of the eighth and the Phillies were unable to do anything against Manny Corpas in the ninth as he recorded his third save of the series.

If there was a recurring theme in 2007, it was the failure of the bullpen to put away the Rockies. Each game had someone different to play the role of the victim as the Rockies took advantages of opportunities to sweep the series. Besides Game Two, the games were all pretty close and were well played, but the Rockies bullpen was just better. The Phillies offense came alive only in the second game, which didn't make it possible to overcome the lack of performance from the bullpen.

The 2007 Phillies had won the division title on the final day of the season, overcoming a huge deficit to catch and finally pass the Mets to advance to the postseason. The Rockies found themselves having to win a tiebreaker game against San Diego to get to the NLDS, which some believed would give the Phillies a slight advantage. Two years ago, the Phillies struggled against the Rockies in the regular season, going 3-4 against Colorado.

In 2009, the Phillies clinched ahead of the final weekend and the Rockies battled the Dodgers to determine who would be the winner in the NL West and who would be the wild card. The Dodgers were able to hang on to take the division, setting up the series rematch between Colorado and Philadelphia. Since being swept by Colorado, the Phillies have gone 9-2 against Colorado, including winning all five games against the Rockies in the 2008 regular season.

While players will talk about the two year lapse between postseason meetings and it's easy to see how much of the roster has turned over for the Phillies, there is no denying that the Phillies would like a little redemption for their failings in 2007. Plus, they are on a mission to repeat as World Champions and become the first National League team to win back-to-back trophies since the 1976 Reds swept the New York Yankees to claim their second straight World Series title.

Phillies 2007 NLDS Stats

Hitting Stats
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
BA
OBP
SLG
Michael Bourn
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
.000
.000
Pat Burrell
3
11
1
2
0
0
1
1
2
3
.182
.308
.455
Chris Coste
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
.000
.000
Greg Dobbs
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
.000
.250
.000
Wes Helms
2
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.000
.333
.000
Ryan Howard
3
12
1
3
0
0
1
1
0
7
.250
.308
.500
Tadahito Iguchi
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
.000
.667
.000
Abraham Nunez
3
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
.000
.000
Jimmy Rollins
3
11
1
2
0
1
1
4
2
3
.182
.308
.636
Aaron Rowand
3
12
1
1
0
0
1
1
0
4
.083
.083
.333
Carlos Ruiz
3
9
1
3
1
0
0
0
1
1
.333
.400
.444
Chase Utley
3
11
0
2
0
0
0
0
2
5
.182
.308
.182
Shane Victorino
3
9
2
2
0
0
1
1
0
1
.222
.222
.556
Jayson Werth
2
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
.000
.250
.000
Totals
51
93
8
16
1
1
5
8
12
26
.172
.274
.366

 

Pitching Stats
G
GS
ERA
W
L
SV
CG
IP
H
ER
BB
SO
WHIP
Antonio Alfonseca
1
0
0.00
0
0
0
0
1.0
1
0
0
0
1.000
Clay Condrey
1
0
5.40
0
0
0
0
1.2
4
1
0
2
2.400
Tom Gordon
2
0
4.50
0
0
0
0
2.0
2
1
1
4
1.500
Cole Hamels
1
1
4.05
0
1
0
0
6.2
3
3
4
7
1.050
Kyle Kendrick
1
1
12.27
0
1
0
0
3.2
5
5
2
2
1.909
Kyle Lohse
1
0
6.75
0
0
0
0
1.1
1
1
0
1
0.750
Jose Mesa
1
0
81.00
0
0
0
0
0.1
1
3
2
0
9.000
Jamie Moyer
1
1
1.50
0
0
0
0
6.0
5
1
2
2
1.167
Brett Myers
2
0
0.00
0
0
0
0
1.1
2
0
0
3
1.500
J.C. Romero
3
0
4.50
0
1
0
0
2.0
3
1
0
1
1.500
Totals
14
3
5.54
0
3
0
0
26.0
27
16
11
22
1.462

 


 


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