10/05/07 9:22 PM ET
Notes: Redman's long road to playoffs
Lefty began season with Braves and worked through Minors
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Redman smiled from the Coors Field clubhouse on Friday. He got it half right.
If the Phillies avoid a sweep on Saturday night in the National League Division Series, Redman will start for the Rockies on Sunday. It took being released by the Braves and pitching for four Triple-A teams to make it to the Rockies, then a torrid streak at the end of the regular season, but here he is.
"Going into Spring Training, I was trying to pick the team that would give me the best chance to win," Redman said. "It's funny how things worked out. This team is allowing me that chance. It's pretty neat."
Redman struggled to 0-4 with an 11.63 ERA in five games (four starts) with the Braves, then spent time in Triple-A with the Braves, Blue Jays, Rangers and Rockies.
But after the Rockies purchased his contract on Aug. 19, he went 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA in five appearances, including three starts. Both victories are good omens should he have to face the Phillies.
In the first, he threw five shutout relief innings with two hits, four strikeouts and no walks as the Rockies beat the Phillies, 12-0, on Sept. 12.
Redman also started last Saturday in a crucial game against the Diamondbacks and held them to one run on seven hits over five innings in a game the Rockies won, 11-1. That victory prepared him for the playoff atmosphere at Coors Field.
"I have to hand credit to the fans for the last three games of the season," he said. "To have nearly 50,000 fans out there really prepared us for what was to come in the postseason. They were totally energetic and totally behind us. It allowed us to really go into the playoffs at Philadelphia ready, and I got to pitch in it."
Slow down: Coors Field will be packed and loud. Such an atmosphere, no doubt, will increase the players' excitement levels. So the Rockies have to make sure their enthusiasm doesn't play into the hands of the Phillies' soft-tossing starter, Jamie Moyer.
The Rockies succeeded against Moyer on July 7, scoring five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings en route to a 6-3 victory. Ryan Spilborghs hit a two-run homer, and Todd Helton, Yorvit Torrealba and Brad Hawpe added doubles.
"He's probably the perfect guy to pitch in a big game, because when everything is going fast and he's going to throw, then you think things can work to his favor," said third baseman Garrett Atkins, who went 0-for-4 in the July 7 game. "You've got to slow the game down and take what he gives you, because he's not going to give you a whole lot.
"He's a guy who's made a career, 20-plus years, on taking advantage of guys taking chances with big swings."
Taking the option: Friday's workout at Coors Field was optional. Matt Holliday was wearing shorts on the field with his young son, Jackson, but he worked at the indoor batting cage.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.