Opposite of Francis will be Phillies ace Cole Hamels (15-5) who will throw the first pitch of the 2007 playoffs.
The Phillies and Rockies are the two highest scoring teams in the major leagues this year. Philly finished the regular season with 892 runs scored and the Rockies were 2nd with 860. Could be an interesting series for all pitchers involved – especially because each staff will face a top candidate for MVP: Matt Holliday and Jimmy Rollins.
The Rockies were last in the postseason in 1995 when they faced the Braves in the NLDS. Colorado held a lead in all four games but only won the 3rd game.
The Phillies haven't been to the playoffs since 1993.
The Rockies announced their 25-man roster on Wednesday morning for the 2007 National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies (rosters had to be trimmed to 25 from the 40 they had in September).
A couple of big surprises on the Rockies NLDS roster were the absences of left-handed bench hitters Ian Stewart and Joe Koshansky, who Manager Clint Hurdle relied upon down the stretch to hit against right-handed pitchers.
Another player left off the NLDS roster was right-handed reliever Jorge Julio. Julio was acquired in a trade with the Florida Marlins for pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim. He was left off the roster after being ineffective down the stretch.
The big surprise addition to the NLDS roster was left-handed hitting outfielder Seth Smith. Smith was called up in late September and got his first career hit on Sept. 21. Smith went 5-8 during his short stint with the Rockies.
Right Handed Pitchers
Left Handed Pitchers
Rockies and Phillies start at 1pm. TBS will carry the TV Broadcast; 850 KOA is flagship station for the Rockies. 9News.com will keep the score updated on the home page.
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