2007 NLCS Preview
- Updated: October 10, 2007
2007 NLCS Preview
**Playoff Note: The Rockies, as a team, voted that a share of the money they generate from the playoffs will go to Mandy Coolbaugh, the wife of the late Mike Coolbaugh a minor league coach in the Rox organization who died after being struck in the head with a lined foul ball while coaching a base earlier this year.**
Players to watch in this series: Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb: who had that long scoreless innings streak this year
Livan Hernandez: who always seems to come up big in the postseason & only allowed 1 run in 6 IP in the NLDS
Micah Owens: watch out boys, not only can this kid pitch (although he’s only a # 4 starter), but he can hit better than some position players on either side. This fact alone makes him dangerous in the playoffs!
Brandon Lyon: with 2 holds in 3 IP without allowing a run in the NLDS
Tony Pena: with 1 hold in 2 IP without allowing a run in the NLDS
Jose Valerde: with 1 save in 3 IP without allowing a run & striking out 6 Cubs in the NLDS
3B Mark Reynolds: a May call up that put up good rookie numbers & would have been a starter on most teams, plus he has some pop in his bat
SS Stephen Drew: is coming off a good NLDS where he was batting .500 with 2 HR’s, a double, & triple with 4 RBI’s, 16 total bases & a stolen base!
LF Eric Byrnes: is coming off of a year where he hit over .280 with an OBP of .353, 21 HR’s & stole 50 bases. He is also a run into the wall to make a catch outfielder!
CF Chris Young: is another rookie on this team. He’s their leadoff hitter, has a poor OBP (under .300), but stole 27 bases while hitting 32 HR’s. He hit 2 HR’s in the NLDS while stealing 1 bag in the process. He too is a highlight reel in CF! Look for him to shine in this series…
RF Justin Upton: a late season call up hit .600 with an OBP of .750 in the NLDS.
Players to watch in this series: Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis: a 17 game winner & their ace who struck out 8 Phillies in 6 IP while giving up only 2 runs
Ubaldo Jimenez: pitched 6.1 innings in the NLDS giving up 1 run on a HR with 5 K’s
Manny Corpas: started out as a set up man to Fuentes & compiled 16 holds, then went on to accumulate 19 saves. In the NLDS he had a save in every game!
Brian Fuentes: had 20 saves before getting hurt, then upon coming back, lost his job to Corpas & went on to record 8 holds of his own!
1B Todd Helton: didn’t have a good NLDS, hitting under .200 after hitting .320 in the regular season, but he’s one of the stars on this team
2B Kazou Matsui: hit .417 with a .500 OBP & 1.083 SLG with 2 triples in the NLDS
SS Troy Tulowitzki: was probably the best all around rookie we saw this year hitting .291 with 24 HR’s, 99 RBI’s with an OBP of .359 & one of the better defensive SS’s: a great arm!
3B Garret Atkins: a solid year after a slow start, he finished hitting .301 with an OBP of .367, 25 HR’s & 111 RBI’s
LF Matt Holliday: 2007 NL batting champ with a .340 average with 36 HR’s & 137 RBI’s to go along with an OBP of .405; he had a low average in the NLDS (.231)My next post will cover the ALCS match up between the Red Sox & the Indians!