Even though I don’t want to, here are my picks for the NLCS… I’m not bitter or anything (Removes tongue from cheek). I’ll have an ALCS preview tomorrow.
Starting pitching: The Rockies feature an ace type starting pitcher followed by inexperienced kids and the retread Josh Fogg. The Diamondbacks feature an ace followed by two retreads and an inexperienced kid who can really rake. Edge : ARI
Bullpen: The Rockies have a solid bullpen with Corpas and Fuentes at the back end, but the D-backs are deeper, with Valverde, Lyon, Pena, and Cruz. Valverde and Cruz are strikeout pitchers who should thrive in high leverage situations. Edge: ARI
Offense: This is where the Rockies will thrive, because while the Diamondbacks shut down the Cubs, they won’t be able to do the same to Colorado. The Rockies just have too much firepower here to contend with given Arizona’s weaker starting staff behind Webb. The Cubs’ weak bats made Arizona look like a team of Cy Youngs, but Colorado will exploit this weakness. Arizona will not be able to score enough runs to compensate against Colorado’s relatively weaker staff. Edge: COL
Defense: Colorado made the least errors and had the highest fielding percentage in the NL, while turning the second most double plays. Arizona’s 106 errors was 38 more than Colorado made. Edge: COL
Intangibles: They’re both coming off a sweep, both with new managers in the postseason, Colorado is 10-8 vs. Arizona, but ARI has home field advantage. Edge: Draw
I’m picking the Rockies in six. Sure, I know I picked against both in the first round,
and then they both swept, but I’m taking the Rockies this time. Their
offense will play well in (insert financial institution here)
Field/Ballpark and of course, we know how it does at Coors Field.