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Mile High Madness

Last game in Colorado, with Joel Hanrahan getting the chance to salvage one game here before moving on to L.A. Your lineups:

Washington:
Lopez -- 6 (hitting .143 in 12 games since Aug. 12)
Belliard -- 4 (was hitting .304 when he signed contract extension July 23; .230 since)
Zimmerman -- 5 (batting average by month: April .236, May .257, June .241, July .311, August .327)
Young -- 3 (hitting .336 right-handed, .332 left-handed)
Kearns -- 9 (slugging percentage before all-star break -- .369; since all-star break -- .466)
Church -- 8 (only Holliday, Utley, Uggla, H. Ramirez, A. Gonzalez have more doubles in NL)
Pena -- 7 (same number of strikeouts and hits since trade -- 8)
Flores -- 2 (hit .353 in 13 games in July, .156 in 15 games in August)
Hanrahan -- 1 (hitting . 333; NL leader for pitchers as hitters is Kip Wells at .318)

Colorado:
Matsui -- 4
Tulowitzki -- 6
Holliday -- 7
Helton -- 3
Atkins -- 5
Hawpe -- 9
Spilborghs -- 8
Iannetta -- 2
Dessens -- 1

Take a look at that Colorado lineup from 2 through 6. Other than maybe the Mets, is there a better one in the National League? And put Willy Taveras, out with a quad injury, at the top, moving Matsui to second and Tulowitzki to sixth, and that's pretty darned good. If they get a couple of these pitchers to develop, they might contend with Arizona in the NL West in the near future.

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 26, 2007; 2:09 PM ET
 
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