No team has ever shut down Colorado at home 1-0 until yesterday, when Brett Myers and company blanked the Rockies to secure the series win. Now, it’s up to Myers to build on this game.
Give Myers a lot of credit for putting a stop to the hit parade, ace-pitcher style. After a night that saw 30 base hits, Myers was not afraid to challenge the opposition, laying down the law for 70 strikes in 114 pitches, going 7 2-3 innings before getting lifted for Arthur Rhodes.
Meanwhile, the rest of his team was of little help, playing into Aaron Cook’s hand with impatient at bats. Cook, a groundball pitcher in the mold of Derek Lowe or Brandon Webb, had the psychological edge yesterday. The Phillies were anxious to put another 10 runs on the board and were grounding into easy plays. If it wasn’t for Ryan Howard’s homer, there’s no doubt the Rockies would have stolen this one late.
I looked into Cook following the game, hoping he was a free agent after this season. Turns out he’s signed through 2007 with an option for 2008, earning $1.25 million this season. What a bargain for Colorado, a cheap groundball pitcher custom built for Coors Field. The Rockies are not considered contenders, but looked like a decent enough team this series capable of making a run in the weak NL West.
As for the Phillies, a road series is always a plus, regardless of the opponent. There’s still a little rough around the edges, but getting better, especially in regards to starting pitching. No area has been worse than their bench, which fell to 5-for-57 on the season (.087 BA).