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Game #162: Jimenez vs Johnson

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I can't say that I'm sorry to see 2008 go. One more game this afternoon and then we can get serious about what needs to happen to fix this team.

Let's look at some of 2008's bright sides, though:

1. Ubaldo Jimenez, NTaylor Buchholz and Chris Iannetta proved they were for real

Remember heading into this season that there was still some doubt for a couple of our younger players that they were ready to be contributors to a contending MLB club.

2. The Rockies may yet emerge victorious with Jorge De La Rosa.

This one was in doubt well into the season, and still is as Ramon Ramirez has been a very valuable reliever for Kansas City this season, but a turn was made and De La Rosa has been a stable force in the rotation late and has become a legitimate answer for one of two questionable slots in the rotation for 2009.

3. Matt Holliday followed 2007 with another great year.

Whether we're able to miraculously sign Holliday to an extension or trade him for a healthy chunk of talent, his 2008 enhances the value of either decision. By defying the gravity of age and regression, Holliday's bat shows a lot of forward value. Next question will be whether we benefit from it directly or via trade.

4. Jeff Baker and Seth Smith as able bench players.

To a lesser extent Clint Barmes deserves attention here, too. Depth is crucial, now if only we can shore up the front line talent.


Lineup

Colorado Rockies @ Arizona Diamondbacks

09/28/08 2:10 PM MDT

Colorado Rockies Arizona Diamondbacks
Clint Barmes - 2B Stephen Drew - SS
Troy Tulowitzki - SS Chris Young - CF
Ryan Spilborghs - LF Chad Tracy - 1B
Garrett Atkins - 1B Adam Dunn - LF
Brad Hawpe - RF Justin Upton - RF
Chris Iannetta - C Mark Reynolds - 3B
Ian Stewart - 3B Miguel Montero - C
Dexter Fowler - CF Augie Ojeda - 2B
Ubaldo Jimenez - P Randy Johnson - P


Let's end this on a high note.

Go Rockies!