PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 8 2009— The Colorado Rockies bounced back from a 5-1 loss on Wednesday night, winning
Game Two of their NLDS series. Colorado controlled the game from the start, thanks to pitcher Aaron Cook, who
shut down the potent Phillies lineup in 5 strong innings. The Rox offense roared to life against Cole Hamels, with
the big blow coming on a two-run homer by catcher Yorvit Torrealba, which gave the Rockies a 3-0 lead in the 4th
bailed reliever Jose Contreras out of a sixth-inning jam. In that inning, with the Rockies sporting as 4-0 lead, the
Phillies struck for 3 runs, with Ryan Howard‘s RBI double ending Cook’s day. Following Howard’s two-bagger,
Contreras struck out Jayson Werth, but right fielder Raul Ibañez blooped a two-run single to center to cut
Colorado’s lead to 4-3. But with Carlos Ruiz at the plate, Ian Stewart, Clint Barmes, and Todd Helton turned the
aforementioned double-play, and the Rockies lead was still intact heading into the top of the seventh, where the
Rockies attempted to end the scoring for the day with a Dexter Fowler sacrifice fly.
the Rockies lead back to one run. Luckily for Colorado, Huston Street was able to retire the Phillies in the ninth to
preserve the win.
Manuel (Phillies), both never hesitated to go to their bullpens. Colorado used 6 pitchers, and Philadephia used 8
hurlers, including the two starters who Manuel was considering to start Game 3, Joe Blanton, and J.A. Happ.
Cook was the winning pitcher for Game Two, Hamels took the loss, and Street recorded the save.
Which player would you rather have on your team?
Player A hits for the following line: .251/.339/.543, 48 HR,
105 R, 146 RBI, 199 K, 1 SB
Player B hits for the following line: .268/.374/.502, 33 HR,
101 R, 90 RBI, 130 K, 38 SB
Player C hits for the following line: .293/.331/.353, 0 HR,
96 R, 41 RBI, 37 K, 64 SB
Its clear from the stats that Player A is the stereotypical
cleanup hitter, that Player C is the stereotypical leadoff hitter, and that
Player B is somewhere in between.
So who’s the most valuable to a team?
At first glance, almost all people would choose one of the
two extremes, either Player A and his dazzling power numbers, or Player C as
the ultimate leadoff hitter. But what
about Player B in the middle?
Player B has two-thirds of Player A’s power, and two-thirds of Player
C’s speed. Plus, Player B has a
very strong slugging percentage, 92% of Player A’s. Player B also has three-fifths of Player C’s stolen bases,
and steals successfully 88% of the time, compared to Player C’s 81%. Despite the homerun difference, Players
A and B’s on-base+slugging percentages are almost identical, at .882, and
.876. Player B also has a huge
advantage in on-base percentage.
In conclusion, all Player A can do is hit moonshots, all
Player C can do is run, but Player B can do it all. The hybrid doesn’t have as much power, or as much speed, but
he gets on base, rips the ball, runs the bases, and is the ballplayer through
Note: I left out names so that there was no bias, or emphasis on personal
Player A: Ryan Howard, 2008 season
Player B: Grady Sizemore, 2008 season
Player C: Juan Pierre, 2007 season