2007 Colorado Rockies season

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2007 Colorado Rockies
2007 NL Wild Card
2007 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Charles & Dick Monfort
Manager(s) Clint Hurdle
Local television FSN Rocky Mountain
KTVD (My20)
Drew Goodman, Jeff Huson, George Frazier
Local radio KOA AM
Jeff Kingery, Jack Corrigan
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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.

Offseason[edit]

  • December 5, 2006: LaTroy Hawkins was signed as a free agent by the Colorado Rockies.[1]
  • December 12, 2006: Jason Jennings was traded by the Colorado Rockies with Miguel Asencio to the Houston Astros for Willy Taveras, Taylor Buchholz and Jason Hirsh.[2]
  • January 30, 2007: Choo Freeman was released by the Colorado Rockies.[3]
  • February 18, 2007: Matt Herges was signed as a free agent by the Colorado Rockies.[4]
  • February 24, 2007: Steve Finley was signed as a free agent by the Colorado Rockies.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L Pct. GB
Arizona Diamondbacks 90 72 .555 --
Colorado Rockies 90 73 .552 ½
San Diego Padres 89 74 .546
Los Angeles Dodgers 82 80 .506 8
San Francisco Giants 71 91 .438 19


Transactions[edit]

  • May 13, 2007: Byung-Hyun Kim was traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Florida Marlins for Jorge Julio.[5]
  • June 13, 2007: Steve Finley was released by the Colorado Rockies.[6]
  • August 15, 2007: Ramón Ortiz was traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Colorado Rockies for Matt Macri.[7]
  • August 19, 2007: Mark Redman was signed as a Free Agent by the Colorado Rockies.[8]

Major League debuts[edit]

  • Batters:
    • Sean Barker (Jun 6)
    • Edwin Bellorín (Aug 7)
    • Ian Stewart (Aug 11)
    • Joe Koshansky (Sep 1)
    • Seth Smith (Sep 16)
  • Pitchers:
    • Zach McClellan (Apr 16)
    • Alberto Árias (May 1)
    • Darren Clarke (May 18)
    • Franklin Morales (Aug 18)
    • Josh Newman (Sep 12)[9]

Game log[edit]

2007 game log


Roster[edit]

2007 Colorado Rockies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Wild card tie-breaker[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2007 National League wild card tie-breaker game.

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 Field in Denver 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.


Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Yorvit Torrealba 113 396 101 .255 8 47
1B Todd Helton 154 557 178 .320 17 91
2B Kazuo Matsui 104 410 118 .288 4 37
SS Troy Tulowitzki 155 609 177 .291 24 99
3B Garrett Atkins 157 605 182 .301 25 111
LF Matt Holliday 158 636 216 .340 36 137
CF Willy Taveras 97 372 119 .320 2 24
RF Brad Hawpe 152 516 150 .291 29 116

Other batters[edit]

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
Spilborghs, RyanRyan Spilborghs 97 264 79 .299 11 51
Carroll, JameyJamey Carroll 108 227 51 .225 2 22
Iannetta, ChrisChris Iannetta 67 197 43 .218 4 27
Baker, JeffJeff Baker 85 144 32 .222 4 12
Sullivan, CoryCory Sullivan 72 140 40 .286 2 14
Finley, SteveSteve Finley 43 94 17 .181 1 2

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Francis, JeffJeff Francis 34 215.1 17 9 4.22 165
Cook, AaronAaron Cook 25 166.0 8 7 4.12 61
Fogg, JoshJosh Fogg 30 165.2 10 9 4.94 94
Hirsh, JasonJason Hirsh 19 112.1 5 7 4.81 75
Jiménez, UbaldoUbaldo Jiménez 15 82.0 4 4 4.28 68
López, RodrigoRodrigo López 14 79.1 5 4 4.42 43

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Buchholz, TaylorTaylor Buchholz 41 93.2 6 5 4.23 61
Herges, MattMatt Herges 35 48.2 5 1 2.96 30
Morales, FranklinFranklin Morales 8 39.1 3 2 3.43 26
Martin, TomTom Martin 26 25.2 0 0 4.91 10

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Corpas, ManuelManuel Corpas 78 4 2 19 2.08 58
Affeldt, JeremyJeremy Affeldt 75 4 3 0 3.51 46
Fuentes, BrianBrian Fuentes 64 3 5 20 3.08 56
Hawkins, LaTroyLaTroy Hawkins 62 2 5 0 3.42 29
Julio, JorgeJorge Julio 58 0 3 0 3.93 50

Notes[edit]

  • 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.[10][11] 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.[12][13] 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.[14]
  • The Rockies finished ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division for the first time in franchise history.[15]
  • Colorado set an MLB record for fielding percentage in one season (.98925).[16] 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 fewer 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.[17]
  • The Rockies became the first team in MLB history to sweep the New York Yankees (on June 19–21) and New York Mets (on July 2–4), both at home, in one season and second team to sweep two New York City teams in one season after the Milwaukee Braves in 1956.[18][19]
  • Baseball America named the Colorado Rockies the "Organization of the Year" for their accomplishments during the 2007 season.[20] "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."

Playoffs[edit]

2007 post-season

National League Division Series: vs. Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2007 National League Division Series.

Colorado started the series with the Philadelphia Phillies on October 3, 2007, at Citizens Bank Park. 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 in 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 then pitched a perfect ninth inning to seal the Rockies' first postseason series victory.

National League Championship Series: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2007 National League Championship Series.

Colorado started the series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on October 11, 2007, at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks came into the game having swept the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS 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. There, they would find a way to hit the ball over the wall even in the harsh weather. The Rockies hit two homers that night, one in the 1st inning from Matt Holliday and the other in the 6th inning from Yorvit Torrealba. Colorado won the game 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, to have a 20-1 stretch at any point of a season.[21]

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

Matt Holliday was the 2007 NLCS MVP Award winner. The Rockies became the first team to win their first 7 playoff games in 31 years. It should also be noted that they also became the first team to do it since MLB added the division series to the playoffs.

World Series vs. Boston Red Sox[edit]

Unfortunately for the Rockies and their fans, after an exemplary season and post-season, they were swept by the Red Sox. They lost the first two games at Fenway Park, by a score of 13-1 in Game One and a score of 2-1 in Game Two. The 13 runs are the most ever scored by a team in the first game of a World Series. Returning to Coors Field for the final two games, the Rockies lost Game Three by a score of 10-5 and Game Four by a score of 4-3.

For more details on this topic, see 2007 World Series.

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox Pacific Coast League Tom Runnells
AA Tulsa Drillers Texas League Stu Cole
A Modesto Nuts California League Jerry Weinstein
A Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League Joe Mikulik
Short-Season A Tri-City Dust Devils Northwest League Fred Ocasio
Rookie Casper Rockies Pioneer League Tony Diaz

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "LaTroy Hawkins Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Willy Taveras Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Choo Freeman Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Matt Herges Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jorge Julio Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Steve Finley Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ramon Ortiz Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mark Redman Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ "2007 National League Baseball Debuts / Rookies by Baseball Almanac". Baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Tulowitzki turns unassisted triple play
  11. ^ ESPN - Braves vs. Rockies - Recap - April 29, 2007
  12. ^ ESPN - Marlins vs. Rockies - Recap - September 16, 2007
  13. ^ The Official Site of The Colorado Rockies: News: Colorado Rockies News
  14. ^ ESPN - Rockies 11-game winning streak has city thinking playoffs - MLB
  15. ^ The Official Site of The Colorado Rockies: News: Colorado Rockies News
  16. ^ Sure hands + strong arms = winning edge : Rockies : The Rocky Mountain News
  17. ^ "2012 Postseason MLB Baseball 1B Fielding Statistics - Major League Baseball - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  18. ^ ESPN - Mets vs. Rockies - Recap - July 04, 2007
  19. ^ An early start to fireworks, Rockies beat Mets 17-7 : Rockies : The Rocky Mountain News
  20. ^ 2007's organization of the year : Rockies : The Rocky Mountain News
  21. ^ Stark, Jayson (October 14, 2007). "Rockies ride Torrealba's blast to yet another victory". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 15, 2007. 
  22. ^ "Colorado Rockies Minor League Affiliations". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • Game logs:
1st half: Colorado Rockies Game Log on ESPN.com
2nd half: Colorado Rockies Game Log on ESPN.com
Preceded by
Los Angeles Dodgers
2006
NL Wild Card
2007
Succeeded by
Milwaukee Brewers
2008
Preceded by
St. Louis Cardinals
2006
National League Championship Season
2007
Succeeded by
Philadelphia Phillies
2008