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The Colorado Rockies' 2007 season started off with the team trying to improve on their 2006 record (76-86). They finished with a franchise record of 90 wins in 163 games and earned a playoff berth as the National League Wild Card team. The Rockies swept their first seven playoff games en route to winning the 2007 National League Pennant, which was the franchise's first-ever pennant. September was considered by many to be the best month of all-time for a ball club, after winning 21 of 22 games in the stretch. It is often compared to the 2004 Boston Red Sox season in October. The Rockies drew 2,376,250 fans for the season, their highest total since 2002. The average home attendance was 28,978.

Regular season

Season standings

Game log

Roster

2007 Colorado Rockies
Roster
Pitchers CatchersInfielders Outfielders ManagerCoaches
  • (pitching)
  • (hitting)
  • (third base)
  • (first base)
  • (bullpen)
  • (bench)




Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
LF Matt Holliday 158 636 216 .340 36 137
SS Troy Tulowitzki 155 609 177 .291 24 99
3B Garrett Atkins 157 605 182 .301 25 111
1B Todd Helton 154 557 178 .320 17 91
RF Brad Hawpe 152 516 150 .291 29 116
2B Kaz Matsui 104 410 118 .288 4 37
C Yorvit Torrealba 113 396 101 .255 8 47
CF Willy Taveras 97 372 119 .320 2 24


Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ryan Spilborghs 97 264 79 .299 11 51
Jamey Carroll 108 227 51 .225 2 22
Chris Iannetta 67 197 43 .218 4 27
Jeff Baker 85 144 32 .222 4 12
Cory Sullivan 72 140 40 .286 2 14
Steve Finley 43 94 17 .181 1 2
Omar Quintanilla 27 70 16 .229 0 5
Jeff Francis 33 64 12 .188 0 3
Josh Fogg 28 53 7 .132 0 1
Ian Stewart 35 43 9 .209 1 9
Aaron Cook 23 42 10 .238 0 1
Clint Barmes 27 37 8 .216 0 1
John Mabry 28 34 4 .118 1 5
Jason Hirsh 17 31 3 .097 0 2
Ubaldo Jiménez 15 24 2 .083 0 0
Taylor Buchholz 38 23 3 .130 0 1
Rodrigo López 13 22 1 .045 0 0
Gerónimo Gil 5 14 1 .071 0 0
Franklin Morales 8 13 4 .308 0 1
Mark Redman 10 13 0 .000 0 0
Joe Koshansky 17 12 1 .083 0 2
Seth Smith 7 8 5 .625 0 2
Elmer Dessens 17 6 0 .000 0 0
Matt Herges 35 6 0 .000 0 0
Alberto Árias 6 2 0 .000 0 0
Sean Barker 3 2 0 .000 0 0
Edwin Bellorín 3 2 0 .000 0 0
Denny Bautista 9 1 0 .000 0 0
Tim Harikkala 1 1 1 1.000 0 0
LaTroy Hawkins 59 1 0 .000 0 0
Tom Martin 23 1 0 .000 0 0
Zach McClellan 12 1 0 .000 0 0
Ramón Ortiz 10 1 1 1.000 0 1


Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Elmer Dessens 5 19 1 1 7.58 10


Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO


Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Ramón Ramírez 22 2 2 0 8.31 15


Notes

  • Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki turned an unassisted triple play on April 29, 2007, in the top of the 7th inning in a 9-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves. He became only the 13th player in Major League Baseball history to accomplish the feat.
  • First baseman Todd Helton hit his 300th career home run on September 16, 2007, in a 13-0 home win over the Florida Marlins. He became the first player to hit 300 home runs for the Colorado Rockies.
  • Colorado had an 11-game winning streak toward the end of the 2007 regular season, which set a franchise record for most consecutive wins in a season.
  • The Rockies finished ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division for the first time in franchise history.
  • Colorado set an MLB record for fielding percentage in one season (.98925). Despite the Rockies record-setting performance, the National League coaches and players didn't vote in any of Colorado's players for the NL Gold Glove award. The two most puzzling omissions were first baseman Todd Helton and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Both players had a better fielding percentage, more total chances, better zone rating, more putouts, more double plays turned, better range factor and more assists than their counterparts who won the award instead (Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee and Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins). Helton also had less errors (2) than Lee (7), while Tulowitzki had as many errors as Rollins (11), but did so on 834 total chances compared to Rollins' 717.[429212]
  • The Rockies became the first team in MLB history to sweep both teams from New York Citymarker in one season, against the New York Yankees on June 19-21 and the New York Mets on July 2-4, both at home.
  • Baseball America named the Colorado Rockies the "Organization of the Year" for their accomplishments during the 2007 season. "We knew they were bringing great talent through their farm system, but we certainly didn't expect it to pay off with big-league success so quickly," said Will Lingo, editor of Baseball America. "They won with homegrown players, have more talent on the way and have maintained stability in their front office, so they had pretty much everything we look for in an organization."


Wild card tie-breaker

The Rockies ended the 162-game regular season with 89 wins and 73 losses. They were tied with the San Diego Padres for second place in the NL West and first in the NL Wild Card. A tie-breaker game was played on October 1, 2007, at Coors Fieldmarker in Denvermarker to determine which team would continue on to post-season play. The game lasted 13 innings, spanning four hours and 40 minutes. The Rockies won the game with a final score of 9 to 8, sending them to only their second post-season in franchise history. The tie-breaker game counts toward all team and player statistics in the regular season; so, the Rockies' official 2007 win-loss record stands at 90-73.

Playoffs

2007 Post-Season


National League Division Series: vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Colorado started the series with the Philadelphia Phillies on October 3rd, 2007 at Citizens Bank Parkmarker. The Phillies were another come-from-behind team who won the NL East division after a monumental collapse by the New York Mets who had all-but-won the division in early September. The Phillies had a potent offense with NL MVP candidates Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. The Rockies, swept the series in three games with scores of 4-2 in Game 1 and 10-5 in Game 2 at Philadelphia. In Game 3, with the score tied in the bottom of the 8th and two outs, Jeff Baker singled to bring in the go-ahead run. Manny Corpas pitched a perfect ninth inning to seal the Rockies' first postseason series victory.

National League Championship Series: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Colorado started the series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on October 11th, 2007 at Chase Fieldmarker in Phoenixmarker, Arizonamarker. The Diamondbacks came into the game having swept the Chicago Cubs out of Wrigley Fieldmarker in three games. Colorado took the first two games including a 3-2 extra-inning victory in Game 2.

On Sunday, October 14 the Rockies would play in a cold, wet Coors Field in Denver, the Rockies would find a way to hit the ball over the wall even in the harsh weather with two homers, in both the 1st and the 6th innings one from Matt Holliday and the other from Yorvit Torrealba, Colorado would win 4-1. This win gave the Rockies a 20-1 record over their last 21 games. This made them only the third team in the last half-century, and the first in the National League since the 1936 New York Giants, to have a 20-1 stretch at any point of a season.

Colorado won its first NL Pennant on Monday, Oct. 15 at home, with the deciding blow, a 3-run HR by Matt Holliday, to sweep the AZ Diamondacks (6-4) in the midst of an historic 21-1 sprint with only one loss (Sept. 28) since Sept. 15.

Matt Holliday was the 2007 NLCS MVP Award winner.

They are the first team to win their first 7 playoff games in 31 years. They are the first team to do it since MLB added the division series to the playoffs.

World Series: vs. Boston Red Sox

The Rockies lost Game 1 of the 2007 World Series to the Boston Red Sox, 13-1 at Fenway Park in Boston. The 13 runs are the most ever scored by a team in the first game of a World Series. The Rockies lost Game 2 of the 2007 World Series to the Boston Red Sox, 2-1 at Fenway Park in Boston. The Rockies lost Game 3 of the 2007 World Series to the Boston Red Sox, 10-5 at Coors Field in Denver. Then, the Rockies lost in Game 4 to the Boston Red Sox and series 4-3 at Coors Field.

References

  1. The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Tulowitzki turns unassisted triple play
  2. ESPN - Braves vs. Rockies - Recap - April 29, 2007
  3. ESPN - Marlins vs. Rockies - Recap - September 16, 2007
  4. The Official Site of The Colorado Rockies: News: Colorado Rockies News
  5. ESPN - Rockies 11-game winning streak has city thinking playoffs - MLB
  6. The Official Site of The Colorado Rockies: News: Colorado Rockies News
  7. Sure hands + strong arms = winning edge : Rockies : The Rocky Mountain News
  8. ESPN - Mets vs. Rockies - Recap - July 04, 2007
  9. An early start to fireworks, Rockies beat Mets 17-7 : Rockies : The Rocky Mountain News
  10. 2007's organization of the year : Rockies : The Rocky Mountain News


External links

  • Game Logs:
1st Half: Colorado Rockies Game Log on ESPN.com
2nd Half: Colorado Rockies Game Log on ESPN.com





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