PHILADELPHIA -- Saturday in Denver calls for snow showers and a low temperature of 28. It's literally a cold reality for both teams in the National League Division Series, but maybe a bit more figuratively frigid for the Phillies, who lost Game 2 to the Rockies, 5-4, on Thursday and now have to travel to Coors Field with the series tied at 1.
If the Rockies win both games in front of their fans, the Phillies' World Series title defense is over. It would be easy to say "advantage, Rockies" at this point, but as calm as the underdog Colorado squad seemed in the aftermath of its Game 1 loss at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies were equally quick to shrug off any worries about what might transpire Saturday as the series gets to its midpoint. "We're playing a really good team," Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez said. "We know that." Ibanez need only look at the results since Rockies manager Jim Tracy took over for Clint Hurdle in late May, particularly at home. The Rockies have gone 74-42 overall with Tracy at the helm and 44-17 in Coors Field. "It's huge because obviously we've been playing really well at home, especially in the last month and a half," said catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who homered in Game 2. "Going back to Denver, that was our goal, if we can just win at least one game here, and then obviously we did. So it's definitely important." But the Phillies were no slouches on the road, going 48-33 away from Citizens Bank Park -- three games better than their home mark. They also have the option of turning to one of the great pitchers of all time, Pedro Martinez, to start Game 3, and Martinez, who went 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA for the Phillies down the stretch in 2009, said he's ready. "This is not my first rodeo," said Martinez, who will turn 38 later this month and is 6-2 with a 3.40 ERA in 13 career playoff games. "Whatever I have left, I'm going to leave it all out there."
Doug Miller is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.