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5 Colorado Rockies
Phil Taylor
April 03, 2006
Escaping the cellar will depend on a young team's rate of maturity
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April 03, 2006

5 Colorado Rockies

Escaping the cellar will depend on a young team's rate of maturity

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CONSIDER THIS
a modest proposal

Because the thin air and vast outfield at Coors Field give added value to putting the ball in play, strikeouts are more costly for hitters there than in any other park. The Rockies have to emphasize making contact at the plate--and preventing it on the mound. That means playing Jorge Piedra (right), who had .13 strikeouts per at bat in the majors last year, and Omar Quintanilla (.12) over rightfielder Brad Hawpe (.23) and second baseman Luis Gonzalez (.16), respectively. It also means relying on pitchers with high strikeout rates, such as righthander Scott Dohmann (88 K's in 70 total innings in Triple A and the majors last season).

THE LINEUP
projected roster with 2005 statistics

2005 RECORD

67--95

fifth in NL West

MANAGER

Clint Hurdle

fifth season with Colorado

BATTING ORDER

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