Swing and a miss (cont.)
Posted: Friday October 26, 2007 1:32PM; Updated: Friday October 26, 2007 1:32PM
"I was trying to go," he explained. "I was trying to make something happen, trying to get in scoring position. He did a good job. He hid the ball on me a little bit there."
That was a killer, but Holliday's four hits were at least some consolation. He's hitting .333 this postseason, by far the best of anyone on his team.
You know who's really hurting the Rockies? Try third baseman Garrett Atkins, whose marvelous defense isn't making up for the fact that he's hitting .171 this postseason. Or right fielder Brad Hawpe, who has six strikeouts in the World Series and 14 in nine postseason games. He's hitting .258 in playoff games.
Then there's leadoff man Willy Taveras, who is 3 for 25 (.120) and hasn't stolen a base. First baseman Todd Helton is hitting .181. Ryan Spilborghs, who has acted (not very well, either) as the designated hitter in the first two games of the Series, is just 3 for 15 (.200).
The most telling measure of how bad Colorado looks is this: The Rockies have 83 strikeouts to 32 walks in nine postseason games. That's more than nine strikeouts a game. In Game 2 on Thursday night they struck out 10 times -- six of them looking.
"When Holliday is the only one hitting, you're not going to win too many games," said Atkins, who hit .301 with 25 homers this season. "We just can't put together quality at-bats right now."
Manager Clint Hurdle tried to stay positive after the Game 2 loss, but even the ever-upbeat skipper realizes that the Rockies have to turn this around quickly or there won't be any turning around left to do. Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday night at Coors Field in Denver.
"We need to get more quality at-bats and play, there's no doubt about that," Hurdle said. "We had some pitches to fire on early in counts [Thursday night], we didn't square them up. When your offense isn't clicking, that's kind of what you see a little bit. We've been good with two strikes for most of the season. We've got to find a way to revisit that."
If they don't find their way soon, the Rockies are going to whiff themselves right out of this World Series.
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