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Rockies buoyed by strong memories in Philadelphia

Troy E. Renck
The Denver Post

LOS ANGELES – The playoff picture came into focus Saturday. Say Cheese(steak).

The Rockies are returning to Philadelphia, where their 2007 magical playoff run began. The teams are not much different than they were back then, save for the fact that the Phillies are the defending World Series champion.

“We have been there, and won there before. That helps,” right fielder Brad Hawpe said. “They have strengths. They are really good, but they also have issues just like any other team.”

The National League divisional series will begin Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park. Game 2 is Thursday, with Game 3 Saturday at Coors Field followed by Game 4 Sunday in Denver, if necessary.

The Phillies’ advantage lies in their roster construction. They tilt more to the left than Keith Olbermann. Their top three starters – Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and J.A. Happ – are all left-handed. The Rockies are 27-25 against lefties this season, but just 8-15 on the road. Happ, however, could end up in the bullpen following the injury to J.C. Romero.

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