Rockies leave Julio off NLDS roster
Colorado carries 12 pitchers for matchup with Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- The Rockies did not give a National League Division Series roster spot to right-handed reliever Jorge Julio, who gave up a 13th-inning home run that nearly cost the club the NL Wild Card tiebreaker against the Padres on Monday night.
But in an interesting roster twist, the Rockies are carrying their customary regular-season contingent of 12 pitchers, while the Phillies are carrying 10. Having more pitchers than the opponent burned the Rockies the last time they were in the postseason.
Julio, who also gave up the game-tying hit against the Diamondbacks on Sunday (the Rockies came back in that one, as well), said after Monday's 9-8 victory that he has been suffering through pain in the neck area, in his left trapezoid muscle.
The Rockies announced their NLDS roster on Wednesday in advance of the 1 p.m. MT start time for Game 1 against the Phillies.
Right-hander Ryan Speier (3-1, 4.00 ERA), who bounced between the Rockies and Triple-A Colorado Springs, made the NLDS roster with a strong September.
Also making the playoff roster was left-handed-hitting outfielder Seth Smith, who debuted on Sept. 16 and has gone 5-for-7 as a pinch-hitter. He tripled off Padres starter Jake Peavy and scored, giving Colorado a 6-5 lead in the sixth inning on Monday night.
The 25-man postseason roster includes 19 players who were drafted or signed by the Rockies organization. All but two of the starting nine on Wednesday -- second baseman Kazuo Matsui and catcher Yorvit Torrealba -- fall into that group.
With the possibility of high-scoring games at Citizens Bank Park and Coors Field, the Rockies are banking on the large pitching staff working out for them.
The first and only time the Rockies were in the playoffs was 1995. Against the Braves in Game 1, Rockies manager Don Baylor, who was carrying 11 hurlers, ran out of position players and had to use relief pitcher Lance Painter while trailing, 5-4, with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Painter fanned against Mark Wohlers.
The Rockies went on to lose the series, 3 games to 1.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.