5 Rockies to watch in the World Series
The reigning NLCS MVP after hitting a three-run home run that helped clinch a sweep over the Diamondbacks. Went 5-for-15 in the series. Scored the winning run in the 13th inning of the one-game playoff over the Padres to get into the postseason. Batted an NL-best .340 with a league-high 137 RBI during the regular season. The left fielder led the league in hits, extra-base hits, total bases and doubles.
The veteran first baseman batted .320 during the regular season, taking 116 walks with a .434 OBP. Only batted .083 (1-for-12) in the NLDS and .214 (3-for-14) in the NLCS, but he's the soul of the Rockies and his past accomplishments suggest that the law of averages will swing his way.
In his first full season, the rookie led all major league shortstops in fielding percentage (.987), putouts, total chances, assists and double plays - and he even turned an unassisted triple play. At the plate, he batted .291 with 24 home runs, a record for NL rookie shortstops.
He's not exactly Mariano Rivera, but the rookie Panamanian filled a serious need when closer Brian Fuentes faltered during an eight-game losing streak when he lost four games. Finished the season at 4-2, 2.08. Has a 1.08 ERA in 8 playoff innings.
Only 5-5 when he pitched against the Red Sox on June 14, the left-hander earned a win on that day, finishing the season 12-4 after that point. 2-0, 2.13 in the postseason, with wins over Philadelphia and Arizona, with 12 strikeouts and three walks in 12 innings.
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