|2007 Season Postmortem: The Colorado Rockies||| Print ||
Written by Jonathan Leshanski (Contact & Archive) on November 10, 2007
Regular Season Record: 90-73
Highlight of the season: Getting red hot the last two weeks of the season and going on a 20 out of 21 tear, beating the Padres in a playoff game to win the Wild Card slot then sweeping both the Phillies and Diamondbacks in the NLDS and NLCS respectively.
Low point of the season: Finding out that an 8 day layoff between the end of the NLCS and World Series completely stole their momentum and getting swept by the Red Sox. But in truth even that wasn’t all that bad – this was the best season ever for the Rox and their first World Series appearance.
Best move of the season: Actually this will be the best moves section – because the Rockies didn’t make one move, but several moves, signing a bucketful of solid relievers and ex-closers including Matt Herges and La Troy Hawkins to go behind Brian Fuentes and Manny Corpas, giving the team a depth of bullpen which may have been unmatched anywhere in the game and allowing them to make up for a starting staff which generally was fairly weak.
Worst move of the season: None
Key Player: Matt Holliday. Holliday is considered by many of his peers to be the best hitter in all of baseball and this MVP type season just confirmed that. He’s a monster with the bat and still may not have hit his prime. At age 27 his average was .340, he hit 36 HR, and drove in 137. If he can improve on that, you have to consider him a legit triple crown contender for the next several years.
Up and Coming Player: Troy Tulowitzki. Every compares this guy to Derek Jeter and at this point in his career that’s a lot to say, but I think the comparison isn’t really a fair one – he’s better than Jeter defensively and if he continues to improve with the bat it may well be A-Rod who he deserves to be compared with. He should have garnered the Rookie of the Year honors and his potential is truly a mile high.
What went right: The offense sparkled and scored more than any other team in the NL save the Phillies. Everyone across the board contributed and created a balanced attack which was relentless. They swept both the Yankees and Mets at home and took 2-3 from Boston on the road – that’s how good the offense was.
What went wrong: In the World Series they just didn’t have enough starting pitching and their timing was all off. The 8 day rest between their sweep of the Diamondbacks and the start of the World Series robbed this team of momentum, intensity and that day to day rhythm they had generated for the past month. It left them flat when it came to the Series and overanxious with the bats. Guys who had been hitting machines, suddenly struggled, pitchers weren’t able to locate their pitches and the Red Sox pulled no punches. Without that momentum the Rox were just outplayed.
Offseason Preview: The Rockies offensively and defensively are rock solid. Most of the players are under long term contract and the team should never have problems putting runs on the board. Where they do have problems is in the starting pitching staff. Only Jeff Francis was able to post more than 10 wins and that left this team quite vulnerable as the World Series proved.