Big Rockies Break

The World Series start on October 24, which means the Colorado Rockies would have had eight days of rest between their sweep of the Diamondbacks and Game 1 of the World Series. Yesterday, the team worked out at Coors Field. In the meantime, Clint Hurdle came up with a “groundbreaking” strategy to keep his team ready to resume their dominance.

The schedule looks like this:

  • Thursday – A day off for the team.
  • Friday – A simulated game (minimum four innings) with pitchers throwing at their hardest. The batters are just looking at pitches. Most likely Jeff Francis will take the call on the mound.
  • Saturday – Another simulated game (minimum seven innings). Hitters will swing at the ball and run out of the batter’s box.
  • Sunday – Another simulated game (minimum seven innings). Hitters will swing, and fielders will make plays. No baserunning, however.
  • Monday – Regular batting practice/pregame fielding session. In the evening, catch a plane to either Cleveland or Boston.

Clint Hurdle is a smart manager, and he realizes that last year the Detroit Tigers had six days of rest in between their final game of the ALCS and the start of the World Series. The Tigers were rusty, and lost to the Cardinals in five games. Hurdle went on to say, “I’ve already had six or seven people bring to my attention that the Tigers had a long layoff last year and didn’t play very well. And I just kind of shared with them that there have been 10 teams that have had layoffs of five days or more, and seven of them have actually won the World Series. So if you look for good, you’ll find good. If you look for bad, you’ll find bad.” Well said, Clint, well said.

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~ by mlb2007playoffs on October 18, 2007.

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