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Series Preview: at Colorado Rockies

PHI: 68-39, 1st in NL East; COL: 51-57, 3rd in NL West

When: August 1-3
Where: Coors Field (Denver, CO)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cole Hamels (12-6, 2.61) vs Jhoulys Chacin (8-8, 3.50)
Tuesday: Kyle Kendrick (5-5, 3.52) vs Aaron Cook (2-5, 5.05)
Wednesday: Roy Halladay (13-4, 2.44) vs Jason Hammel (6-10, 4.65)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 8:40, CSN
Tuesday, 8:40, CSN
Wednesday, 3:10, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – Troy Tulowitzki: In the last 30 days (22 games), Tulo is hitting .356 with four homers and 18 RBIs. He brought his average up to a .289 while still leading the Rockies with 20 homers and 73 RBIs.

We all know Tulo is one of the best players in baseball so there isn’t any more I really need to say about him.

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Four teams splash big at the deadline

Phillies OF Hunter Pence. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The final week leading up to the trade deadline makes for some of the most exciting and exhausting news in baseball. Beat writers, fans and owners dread the July 31 date and breath a huge sigh of relief when 4:00 PM passes.

This year was no different. With teams like the Phillies, Giants and Braves looking to bolster their offense and the Yankees and Red Sox looking to make splashes in pitching, the deadline can get hairy for the serious competitors and first timers.

Here are a handful of teams that made the biggest splashes at the deadline, hoping for that final push into the post season and baseball greatness.

THE WINNERS

Cleveland Indians – Ubaldo Jimenez: The Indians made a huge splash at the deadline, trading for Colorado’s ace Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez is one of the game’s best young starters and will have an immediate impact on a team that could be one good starter away from winning their first AL Central crown since 2007.

A year removed from winning 19 games and posting a 2.88 ERA, Jimenez is struggling this season. He’s been mediocre at best, compiling a 6-9 record and 4.46 ERA on a Rockies team that is 10 games behind any chance at the post season. But the Indians are 2.5 behind the Detroit Tigers and Jimenez’s presence is a significant upgrade.

The only interesting thing that remains to be seen is if Jimenez will be effective in the American League. He’s been struggling this season and is now walking into a tougher hitting league. This move could prove to be a huge step forward for the Indians or a monumental bust.

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Doc Takes Home Hardware

Roy Halladay was named the 2010 NL Cy Young award winner today. Blowing away the competition with unanimous voting, the 13th player in history to do so, Doc became only the fifth player in Major League history to win a Cy Young in both leagues.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Halladay went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA in 33 starts this past season. He led the league in wins, complete games (nine), shutouts (four) and innings pitched (250 2/3). He averaged under 7 2/3 innings pitched per start.

Some other great accolades this year include Halladay becoming the 20th pitcher in major league to throw a perfect game. He also became the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in playoff history but that did not affect the balloting, which was finalized at the end of the regular season.

Other candidates for the Cy Young were Adam Wainwright of St. Louis, who had 28 second-place votes and Ubaldo Jimenez of Colorado, who had four.

It was Halladay’s second career Cy Young award, winning his first as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003.

To add to the award, Halladay was also named the cover-player for MLB 2K11 next year.

Halladay’s Season

Ace Roy Halladay has been a blessing for the Phillies this season. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

When the trade went down back in December, Phillies fans were left with two questions. The first was why would they trade away Cliff Lee? There was never a clear answer other than they wouldn’t be able to sign him and it was a move to restock the farm system. The second question was how well will Roy Halladay do this year as a Phillie? Well Halladay answered that question pretty clear.

In fact, Halladay’s statement was so profound and so clear that he should be a top choice for the NL Cy Young. Halladay has won the award before in 2003 with his former team, the Toronto Blue Jays. Halladay’s numbers this year are set to blow that season away.

Halladay’s spectacular season may get overlooked though with it being the year of the pitchers. Guys like Josh Johnson, Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez, Adam Wainwright, Tim Hudson, and Halladay are all enjoying very nice seasons this year.

Through August 15, here are their stats:

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Phils Send Jimenez to Showers

Right-hander Kyle Kendrick redeems himself against the Rockies. Kendrick threw seven solid innings of work for the Phils, who won 10-2. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

There was a lot to be proven by Kyle Kendrick. After being sent down earlier in the week after being blown up by St. Louis on Monday, Kendrick was given another shot. This time, he faced Ubaldo Jimenz, the supposed front runner for the NL Cy Young. Well Kendrick was the one looking like the ace as he kept the Rockies hitters on their heels and Jimenz was chased after two innings in the Phils 10-2 win.

Jimenez’s control was all sorts of messed up today. He allowed six runs on only three hits but walked six batters. Kendrick allowed only one run on six hits and a walk while striking out three.

The Phillies scored seven runs in the third inning, five of them before the Rockies could record an out. The 11-at bat inning started with a Jimmy Rollins single and two walks to follow. Ryan Howard then hit a bases clearing triple to quickly make it a 3-0 game. The Howard scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0. After a pair of walks and an RBI single by Greg Dobbs, Rollins  ripped a two-run triple to make it 7-0, capping off the scoring for the inning.

Rollins went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Howard had a two-hit game while driving in three and Raul Ibanez ripped a two-run homer in the sixth. Placido Polanco and Jayson Werth had multi-hit games.

2B: Werth (31), Polanco (16), Francisco (8). 3B: Howard (5), Rollins (2). HR: Ibanez (8).

WP: Kendrick (6-4). LP: U. Jimenez (15-2).

Boxscore.

Ibanez, Phils Explode In Fifth

As the “Raaaauuullll” chants rained from the stands, Raul Ibanez rewarded his fans and the Phillies with a nice night. The 38-year-old left-handed slugger ripped a two-run double that started off the scoring in the fifth inning that eventually led to a 6-0 win for the Phillies over Colorado and second straight shut out for the pitching staff.

Ibanez went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI’s. Jayson Werth’s sacrifice fly and Ross Gload’s two run homer capped the scoring in the fifth in which the Phillies backed a spectacular outing by Roy Halladay. Jimmy Rollins and Gload each had two hits as well.

Halladay went eight shut-out innings, allowing only five hits and a walk while striking out nine Rockies batters. J.C. Romero pitched the ninth to preserve the shut out.

With Atlanta’s loss, the Phillies now sit six games behind the first-place Braves with plenty of season to go. They are also three games behind the Giants for the wild card spot. The Phils will face Ubaldo Jimenez tomorrow. After besting Adam Wainwright, the Phils will hope they get a great performance out of Kyle Kendrick.

2B: Ibanez (19), Rollins (9). HR: Gload (4).

WP: Halladay (11-8). LP: Cook (4-6).

Boxscore.

Series Preview: Rockies

Phillies (19-12; 1st in NL East) at Colorado Rockies (15-16; 3rd in NL West)

Where: Coors Field
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Pitching Probables
Mon: Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.87) vs. Greg Smith (1-2, 6.35)
Tue: Roy Halladay (6-1, 1.45) vs. Aaron Cook (1-3, 6.03)
Wed: Jamie Moyer (4-2, 4.38) vs. Esmil Rogers (0-1, 6.39)

Broadcast
Mon: 8:40 pm, TCN
Tue: 8:40 pm, MyPHL17
Wed: 3:10 pm, CSN

Hot (7 games) – Jayson Werth: .360 (9-for-25), 6 runs, 4 doubles, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs
Not (5 games) – Wilson Valdez: .133 (2-for-15), 3 Ks.

Player to Watch: Ian Stewart – Sure Dustin Fowler, Troy Tulowitzki, and Todd Helton are good choices and dangerous players to watch but Stewart is the hottest bat coming into the series. He leads the team with six homers, second with 17 RBIs, and has a very respectable .292 average. I will also have my eyes on him seeing that he’s on my fantasy baseball team.

Series Overview: The Phillies are getting lucky once again as they do not have to face Ubaldo Jimenez, the young phenom for Colorado… The Rockies have hit a bit of an inconsistent patch… Brad Hawpe, one of their more dangerous hitters, is on the DL… All three of the Rockies’ starters have an ERA higher than 6.00… The Phillies are winners of five of their last six games. Their starting pitching has picked up and the offense is hitting the long ball again. Look for that to continue in the thin air of Colorado… Phillies should easily take this series.

Happ to Pitch Game 3

Sorry I wasn’t around today to post this but as you may know, tonight’s game was cancelled due to it snowing and being below 20 degrees in Colorado. The Phillies will play tomorrow night and Monday in Colorado. Pedro Martinez, who was slated to pitch today, will not be the starter tomorrow. Instead it will be JA Happ. A game four starter was not named yet. Tomorrow’s game will be at 10:07 EST and Monday’s will be late as well. The Rockies will put Jason Hammel, who was scheduled for game three, on the mound versus Happ.

In other news, The Dodgers beat the Cardinals yesterday 5-1 to cap off the sweep and earning them a spot in the NLCS versus the winner of the Phillies/Rockies series, currently tied at 1 game apiece. The Dodgers will have home field regardless of who wins the series.

UPDATE: Game 4’s time was not announced yet but Cliff Lee and Ubaldo Jimenez are the probables for that game. Lee out pitched Jimenez in game 1 and both will be working on five days rest.

Lee Dominates Game 1

Cliff Lee fell only one out from a complete game shut out in his first playoff start but he did just fine as the Phillies won 5-1 to start the NLDS. The Phillies take an early 1-0 lead in the best of five series versus Colorado, a huge win for a team that struggled down the stretch in September.

I couldn’t watch most of the game because I was in class from 3:15 until 6:00 but from what I was able to see when sneaking a peak online (channelsurfing.net is a great site to watch games), I was very impressed and very pleased to see this team manufacture five runs without the long ball.

The bats came alive in the 5th inning when the Phillies got two runs off of an RBI double by Raul Ibanez and an RBI single by Carlos Ruiz. They then tacked on three more runs in the sixth with Ryan Howard’s RBI double, Jayson Werth’s RBI triple off th left-centerfield wall that would have been gone if it weren’t for the hurricane-like winds, and then an RBI single by Ibanez to cap off the scoring.

Lee was phenomenal in his start, pitching a complete game, allowing one run on six hits, a walk, and striking out five. It was nice having him go the whole way because I think the Phillies are still uncertain with their bull pen.

Ubaldo Jimenez was doing fine until that 6th inning came around. He got yanked after Werth’s triple and got charged with the run when Ibanez singled him in.

Next Game: Thursday at 2:37 PM EST
Probables: COL: Aaron Cook, PHI: Cole Hamels

The Phillies would love to take both home games versus the Rockies so they can go to Denver for one and be done with this series. The faster they end this series, the more rest Lee and Hamels will get and be ready to be the #1 and #2 for the NLCS.

The Rockies need this win bad in order to earn a crucial split in Philadelphia and not be on the brink of elimination if they go down 0-2. They are a come back team so the Phillies should not ease up at all this series.

If Hamels can follow up Lee’s stellar performance, look for the Phillies to turn to JA Happ for game three. The Rockies had trouble with the left-handed Lee all day today and could continue to struggle versus Hamels and possibly Happ.

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