2007 Colorado Rockies season
|2007 Colorado Rockies|
|2007 NL Wild Card
2007 National League Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Charles & Dick Monfort|
|Local television||FSN Rocky Mountain
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.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Notes
- 5 Playoffs
- 6 Farm system
- 7 References
- 8 External links
- December 5, 2006: LaTroy Hawkins was signed as a free agent by the Colorado Rockies.
- 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.
- January 30, 2007: Choo Freeman was released by the Colorado Rockies.
- February 18, 2007: Matt Herges was signed as a free agent by the Colorado Rockies.
- February 24, 2007: Steve Finley was signed as a free agent by the Colorado Rockies.
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- May 13, 2007: Byung-Hyun Kim was traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Florida Marlins for Jorge Julio.
- June 13, 2007: Steve Finley was released by the Colorado Rockies.
- August 15, 2007: Ramón Ortiz was traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Colorado Rockies for Matt Macri.
- August 19, 2007: Mark Redman was signed as a Free Agent by the Colorado Rockies.
Major League debuts
- Sean Barker (Jun 6)
- Edwin Bellorín (Aug 7)
- Ian Stewart (Aug 11)
- Joe Koshansky (Sep 1)
- Seth Smith (Sep 16)
- Zach McClellan (Apr 16)
- Alberto Árias (May 1)
- Darren Clarke (May 18)
- Franklin Morales (Aug 18)
- Josh Newman (Sep 12)
|2007 game log|
|2007 Colorado Rockies|
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 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.
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|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|
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|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|
|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|
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|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|
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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."
National League Division Series
National League Championship Series
National League Division Series: vs. Philadelphia Phillies
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
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.
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
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.
- "LaTroy Hawkins Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- "Willy Taveras Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- "Choo Freeman Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- "Matt Herges Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- "Jorge Julio Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- "Steve Finley Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- "Ramon Ortiz Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- "Mark Redman Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- "2007 National League Baseball Debuts / Rookies by Baseball Almanac". Baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Tulowitzki turns unassisted triple play
- ESPN - Braves vs. Rockies - Recap - April 29, 2007
- ESPN - Marlins vs. Rockies - Recap - September 16, 2007
- The Official Site of The Colorado Rockies: News: Colorado Rockies News
- ESPN - Rockies 11-game winning streak has city thinking playoffs - MLB
- The Official Site of The Colorado Rockies: News: Colorado Rockies News
- Sure hands + strong arms = winning edge : Rockies : The Rocky Mountain News
- "2012 Postseason MLB Baseball 1B Fielding Statistics - Major League Baseball - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- ESPN - Mets vs. Rockies - Recap - July 04, 2007
- An early start to fireworks, Rockies beat Mets 17-7 : Rockies : The Rocky Mountain News
- 2007's organization of the year : Rockies : The Rocky Mountain News
- Stark, Jayson (October 14, 2007). "Rockies ride Torrealba's blast to yet another victory". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 15, 2007.
- "Colorado Rockies Minor League Affiliations". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
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