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Rockies vs. Phillies: Game 3 lineups

I gotta tell you, it's a beautiful day in Denver. Maybe 70-75 degrees, only a few puffy white clouds in the skies. Just talked to old friend Vinny Castilla, who was a member of that 1995 Rockies team, the only other one to make the playoffs. "This team is better than that one," Castilla said. And he's right.

That team:
C -- Joe Girardi
1B -- Andres Galarraga
2B -- Jason Bates
3B -- Vinny Castilla
SS -- Walt Weiss
OF -- Larry Walker
OF -- Dante Bichette
OF -- Eric Young/Mike Kingery

That's a darn good lineup, and the Rockies led the NL in both runs scored and homers. But the pitching. Ugh. Kevin Ritz led the Rockies with 28 starts, and he had a 4.21 ERA. Bret Saberhagen, Billy Swift, Marvin Freeman, Armando Reynoso, Bryan Rekar, Juan Acevedo, Joe Grahe, Omar Olivares -- they all started some games for those Rockies. Team ERA was 4.97, worst in the NL. Not good enough to win in October.

Here's what these two teams roll out tonight. I'm not making any bold predictions, but I just get the feeling that the Phillies are going to win tonight -- maybe a 7-5, 8-6 type of game. Rockies are acting awfully comfortable, and this Phillies' lineup, lest you forget, has been pretty potent all year.

Philadelphia:
Jimmy Rollins -- 6
Chase Utley -- 4
Pat Burrell -- 7
Ryan Howard -- 3
Aaron Rowand -- 8
Shane Victorino -- 9
Carlos Ruiz -- 2
Abraham Nunez -- 5 (first start of the playoffs)
Jamie Moyer -- 1

Colorado:
Kazuo Matsui -- 4
Troy Tulowitzki -- 6
Matt Holliday -- 7
Todd Helton -- 3
Garrett Atkins -- 5
Brad Hawpe -- 9
Ryan Spilborghs -- 8
Yorvit Torrealba -- 2
Ubaldo Jimenez -- 1

If you recall (and there's a good chance you don't -- I barely do), Ubaldo Jimenez's first start of this season came at Washington, when he threw five innings and allowed two runs. I remember talking to Jamey Carroll (who, upon seeing me today, said, "Why are you here? Aren't the Redskins doing something?", to which I replied, "I'm a Rockies beat writer," which, should they win, will be true next week) and Carroll said that he couldn't understand how Jimenez's numbers at Class AAA Colorado Springs were so poor. "His stuff is amazing," Carroll said then.

The Nationals saw it later in the season here: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K. He was dominant with four pitches.

We'll see how that works tonight against the sage, Moyer.

Oh, Post probables update: Forgot to mention old friend and summer intern Steve Yanda (rhymes with "Honda," not with "panda") is at Wrigley Field today for your Livo-vs.-Soriano story.

Enjoy tonight.

By Barry Svrluga  |  October 6, 2007; 8:06 PM ET
 
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