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Rockies to start biggest 10 games of season!

Posted on: August 20, 2009 7:14 pm
 
So... Is it just me or are all you die hard Rockies fans just absolutely in love with the chase that the team has suddenly found itself right in the middle of? Even at the all star break, when the Rockies were playing some of the best baseball around, I didn't think we had a chance at catching the Los Angeles Dodgers. As of right now (4:50pm Mountain, 8/20/09) we are only three and a half games out of the division lead and a game ahead of the San Fransisco Gaints in the wild card. Who Knew? And... after we hopefullu sweep the Washington Nationals and head back home after a 4-2 road trip, we will really see what this team has got.

Starting tomorrow, (Friday 8/21/09) our next ten games will be against either San Fransisco, or Los Angeles. 7 of these games will be played at home, at Coors Field, where the Rockies are 32-23 so far this season. Just stop and soak it in real quick. The COLORADO ROCKIES are currently 15 games above .500. 15! Ok, now that you all have taken that in and realize this is not the team it used to be. Blame it on the humidor, but I would like to think that our recent success has come from home growing this talent for the most part, and then realizing where they need the most help and then filling those holes via trade or free agency. But let's get back to the business of the next ten days and where we might stand come the first day of September...

The matchups for the next four game series against the Giants here in Denver favor us in my opinion. Jonathan Sanchez, who has thrown a no hitter this year, I know, starts tomorrow against Aarron Cook. The last time Sanchez was in Denver he got lit up and going against one of our vets, despite his struggling last start, on a Friday night, in a most likely sold out stadium has definitely got to put the Rockies as the favorite for the ball game. After that, on Saturday Jorge De La Rosa starts for the Rockies who has been nothing but a pure beast on the mound his last 9 or 10 starts. He goes up against Joe Martinez who is a fill in for the Giants injured rotation. He has decent numbers (3-1 with a 4.76 ERA) but I still think the Rockies should be favored to take the first two games and increase their wild card advantage another game.

The big match up is Sunday afternoon, Tim Lincecum vs. Ubaldo Jimenez. This is a heavy-weight battle and I actually think the Rockies will probably have to get lucky to win this one. The last game of the series has the NL wins leader Jason Marquis on the mound. San Fransisco hasn't announced who their starter is, but I suspect it will be one of two guys. Barry Zito (who should be getting the start), or Matt Cain. I think they might jump Cain up a spot in the rotation if the Rockies have already won the last three games, and if thats the case the Gaints will absolutely need the win, so Cain could get bumped up.

After that four games, and with either a split or a Rockies win of the series, the Rockies could very well be looking at playing for the Division lead the very next series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have played pretty well at Coors Field and against the Rockies recently but both seem to be different teams then they were last time they played. As soon as that series is over the Rockies then have to travel to San Fransisco for a three game series. What a week or rather ten days its's going to be for the fans of any of these teams. I know we are all starting to sweat as well as taste the post season. Just another month or so and all the questions will be answered...
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Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2009 10:43 am
 

Rockies to start biggest 10 games of season!

Thought I would chime in. Yea great article....I am a huge Giants fan. What a battle the Giants and Rockies have been through this year. To be honest most Giants fans were not thinking in terms of Division or Wild Card Race they were thinking more along the lines of .500 baseball.

I was one of those skeptics because of the team makeup. The Giants lack of power and BA in the .270 to .290 (starters only) range does not make them a very attractive team offensivley. However one aspect I did not think of is you only need 2 to 3 runs to win games on this club because good pitching beats good hitting and the Giants pitching staff is the best in the majors.

Now San Francisco and the Rockies are tied. Looking ahead the Rockies have an easier shedule with the exception of Mets, San Francisco,  St. Louis and the Mil 2 game series. I would have loved to have seen the Rockies and LAD go at it again. Giants have to go through Philli and Mil then go home to play LAD, your beloved Rockies and then go back to LAD. So to gain ground on LA may be easier than you may think. Not that I want the Rockies or Dodgers to beat out the Giants but I hate the Dodgers and rather see the Rockies and Giants either take the division or the wild card.

The Giants home record is the best in the majors this season and the Dodgers play at AT&T for a 3 game series starting September 11th. Then the Giants go to LAD Sept 18th. So this is a great opportunity to gaing ground on both clubs. Gotta love September baseball.


GO GIANTS!!!!!



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2009 1:24 pm
 

Rockies to start biggest 10 games of season!

Great Article man,
too bad about the game last night. Wish I would've known you were at the game Monday too, everyone left by the 10th so we could've met up and watched that craziness. I jumped up and down like a little schoolboy who just got his first bike after he hit that grand slam, my phone flew out of my hoody pocket down a row it was classic. Either way I like our chances only if we can start beating the Dodgers. Game 1 went well, but game 2 we didn't do too hot, even on this recent surge our hitting seems to be MIA. We can't rely on our pitching like we have been... ( can you believe we're saying the rockies need to rely less on pitching!!!)

Either way after tonights game, San Francisco is going to be a tough stop, we get Lincecum, Matt Cain and Barry Zito (not in that order) but that'll be a tall task, we haven't done well against Cain, but we are one of the only teams in baseball that has had success against Lincecum. I think we may be the only team he has 3 losses against in his career. We'll see what happens, either way as long as we come out of this weekend still within 3-4 games of the Dodgers and 3-4 ahead of the Giants I think we'll be in a good spot. Although the Dodgers have a cake September schedule, they get PIT, WAS, ARI, SD. They only have 1 or 2 series the entire month against winning teams so it will be hard to gain ground... either way,

GO ROCKIES!!!!



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2009 6:41 pm
 

Phase One Complete... Bring on the Dodgers

It looks like it was a pretty successful weekend for the Colorado Rockies. Unfortunately, they had to pay for it. Taking three out of four games from the very talented San Fransisco Giants brought the Rockies within 3 games of the Los Angeles Dodgers and they now, also, have a four game cushion in the wild card race; this is the biggest lead the Rockies have had in the wild card this season.

Now for the bad news. The Rockies lost two, maybe three of their stars this weekend.

Aaron Cook, who has been suffering from a strained toe, has gotten rocked his last few starts. On Friday night, one of the games I was pretty sure the Rockies would win, with Cook on the mound, got rocked again, and manager Jim Tracy had to pull him in the fourth inning. Cook, complaining of shoulder pain was placed on the DL the next day. Now for a starting pitcher, being placed on the 15 day DL is not terrible, although he will miss at least three pretty important starts. The word out of the Rockies organization is nothing but good news though. Cook's MRI reveled no problems and his injury appears to be less serious then first expected. This is very good news. So we should hopefully see Cook back in action by the end of next week or so.

Now for injury number two... Carlos Gonzalez, who has been a complete machine for the Rockies recently cut his hand and is struggling with swinging a bat. I haven't heard about him being placed on the DL but he will definitely be sitting out at least the game tonight, unless they absolutely need him. Matt Murton has been recalled from Colorado Springs to fill in until Car-Go is all healed up.

In case no one saw it. The Rockies won a pretty crazy game Monday night against the Giants in a marathon of a 14 inning baseball game. In the top half of the 14th the Giants managed to finally score, they had been held scoreless for 13 consecutive innings by the way. Adam Eaton, the pitcher for the Rockies, gave up three runs, leaving the Rockies in a pretty big hole to start their half of the inning. The first batter, Dexter Fowler, roped a foul ball off his knee cap, causing him to drop to the ground in serious pain. In any other situation he would have been pulled from the game, but in this situation, there was no one to replace him, except a few of the starting pitchers sitting in the dugout. Dexter, like a man, rubbed some dirt on it and sucked it up, finishing his at bat, which actually was a big at bat. He drew a walk and had to hobble all the way to first. To make a long story short, he ended up getting to hobble all the way around the bases as a single and then three consecutive walks, including one to the Rockies pitcher, Eaton, which brought in a run and made the game a two run game with the bases loaded and just one out. The next batter, Ryan Spilborghs, who had had a few chances to win the game in previous innings made sure he didn't pass this opportunity up. On the second pitch he saw he drilled the ball deep, and into the Rockies bullpen for a walk off grand slam to win the game.

It still gives me chills thinking about that hit. Maybe I'm a loser, maybe I'm just a die hard fan and knew how important that win was for their organization. Anyways, Spilborghs walk off was the first grand slam walkoff in Rockies history!!

Now back to Fowler, who today was seen on crutches, and then put on the 15 day DL with a deep bone bruise, which just sounds painful. He was quoted in the Denver Post hoping that he would be back this season, let alone in 15 days. So look at it like this, for every win the Rockies earned this weekend they lost at least one key guy on their roster. That hurts. Especially with the race they have found themselves right in the middle of. With putting Fowler on the DL, the Rockies have called up Eric Young Jr. to play center field tonight in the series opener against the Dodgers. As far as I know, this will be his major league debut. He will also be leading off for the Rockies.

The three game series is a huge one for the Rockies, if they can find someway to sweep the boys in blue they will be tied for the division lead with just about a month of baseball left. Every game is going to count. The bad news is, the Rockies are just 2-10 against the Dodgers this season but most of those games were in the beginning of the season, when the Rockies were terrible, and the Dodgers were unbeatable. The tables have definitely turned. This mid-week series is a monumental one for the Rox and hopefully they can at least take 2 of 3.


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