Remember When the NL West Sucked?

Brandon WebbThe times they are a changin'.

Playing for peanuts and a brand new rivalry, the young studs in the NL West find themselves in the Championship Series opening tonight at 8:37pm ET -- and not a minute later -- at Chase Field. And if you're in the Arizona area, there is indeed room on the bandwagon.

Jeff Francis, the Colorado Rockies ace with the sweet high-leg kick, will get the ball to face Arizona Diamondbacks strikeout machine, Brandon Webb.

Webb went 0-3 with a 6.47 ERA in five starts against Colorado this season before his 4-2 win against them, clinching a playoff spot for AZ and ending the Rockies' 11-game winning streak.

Jeff FrancisFrancis, who won a club-record 17 games, is 7-2 against the Diamondbacks in his career.

Colorado's roster is chock full of prospects who have made the transition to young stars. So who are these young bucks? Take a long, hard look at 22-year-old Troy Tulowitzki, who hit .291 with 99 RBIs and 24 bombs this season. That's the most homers by a rookie shortstop in NL history. He also led all big league shortstops in fielding percentage!

Ubaldo Jimenez, 23, and Franklin Morales, 21, highlight the pitching staff along with closer Manny Corpas, who is just 24 years old.

The Diamondbacks, nick-named the Babybacks by someone incredibly clever this season, are even younger. Centerfielder Chris Young, right-fielder Justin Upton, third baseman Mark Reynolds, and fourth-spot pitcher Micah Owings are all first-year players. Shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman Conor Jackson are in their second seasons.

This series is gonna be awesome.

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Anonymous said...

not looking so good for the babybacks as of the fifth inning...

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