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Sunday Morning Rockpile: A Little of This, a Little of That, and a Bit of MVP Talk

Last night's hero, Jamey Carroll, hit the Rockies' sixth grand slam of the season, a franchise season record. His defensive play in the seventh may be "brilliant," but it's one of those times that the Rockies actually had a call go their way when it really shouldn't have. Not that anyone should complain about it. And let's not forget that he came in as a pinch hitter and then replaced Ian Stewart at third. Stewart, who had gone hitless in two at-bats, kept that inning alive after being hit with the ball on the first pitch.

Let's take a look at how the current young guys on the team did in their first major league start:

  • Garrett Atkins (8/3/03) - 1-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI
  • Jeff Baker (4/4/05) - 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
  • Clint Barmes (9/5/03) - 1-for-3
  • Brad Hawpe (5/1/04) - 3-for-4, 3B, HR, 2 RBI (appeared as pinch hitter in the first game of the double-header that day)
  • Matt Holliday (4/16/04) - 0-for-3, BB
  • Ryan Spilborghs (7/16/05) - 2-for-4, RBI (only game of the season)
  • Cory Sullivan (4/10/05) - 1-for-5
  • Troy Tulowitzki (8/30/06) - 0-for-4, 3 K

Stewart is in good company with his 0-for-2, HBP performance last night.


Troy Renck is starting the Matt Holliday  for MVP campaign, and there's no reason not to right now. It's sad when, as Renck observes, "It's [Matt's home run derby performance] forced a close examination of his MVP candidacy." Because he plays in Colorado, he needs a national showcase to garner any national attention. Take your best guess where he winds up on the final tally.