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3 to watch: The Remember it's September edition

Posted on: September 10, 2010 11:04 am
 
The big series in the National League West this weekend, as you may have heard, is taking place at Petco Park.

The Rockies are not there.

"That's great for the Rockies," ex-Colorado outfielder Brad Hawpe said this week. "It takes the attention off them. I've been there when we were counted out. And I've got a ring to show for it."

If the Rockies keep stealing home and overcoming 5-0 deficits, they might grab the attention right back. And if they take advantage of this weekend's Giants-Padres series -- every day, one of the teams in front of them will lose every day -- the NL West could become the hottest three-team race in baseball.

"It's kind of crazy over there," Hawpe said.

The Rockies dumped Hawpe late last month, and now he could end up playing in the American League playoffs with the Rays, who signed him and have been giving him something of a tryout for a spot on the postseason roster. Meanwhile, he'll watch from afar as the Rockies try to do what they did in 2007 and 2009, moving from nearly out of the race at the start of September to a spot in the playoffs at the end of the month.

Three years ago, the Rockies went 21-8 in the final month, famously winning 21 out of 22 (including playoffs) in their run to the World Series. Last year, they were 20-11 after Aug. 31.

This year? They're off to a 7-2 start in September. They were seven games out of the division lead and 4 1/2 out of the wild-card lead when the month began; now they're 3 1/2 back in both races.

It's a typical Rockies September, just as it has so far been a typical Phillies September (7-2) and a typical Twins September (7-1).

On to 3 to watch, on a weekend with so many good matchups that we had to leave out the Armando Galarraga-Jim Joyce reunion (Friday night in Detroit), and the Cardinals-Braves series in Atlanta:

1. Hawpe also said he's pulling hard for Carlos Gonzalez to be the National League's Most Valuable Player, and for Ubaldo Jimenez to win the Cy Young Award. Jimenez will need a strong finish to win, but he'll get a chance at becoming the NL's first 19-game winner when he starts in Diamondbacks at Rockies, Saturday night (8:10 ET) at Coors Field . In four meetings with Arizona this year, Jimenez is 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA. In 11 games against the Diamondbacks (who originally signed him), Gonzalez is hitting .444 with five home runs, 14 RBI and a 1.500 OPS.

2. When the Yankees and Rangers met last month, it felt like an American League Championship Series preview. They meet again this weekend, but it feels like just another step for two teams anxious to answer their October question marks. The Yankees will be excited or frustrated after A.J. Burnett's start on Saturday, and the Rangers will be relieved or alarmed after they watch Cliff Lee's expected return to the rotation, in Yankees at Rangers, Sunday afternoon (3:05 ET) at Rangers Ballpark . For all the worry about the Yankees rotation behind CC Sabathia, the Rangers don't have much chance if Lee isn't healthy, do they?

3. When Mat Latos had to miss his scheduled start for the Padres last Monday night, because of a stomach flu, it was seen as one more thing going wrong for a team in a tailspin. Instead, the Padres used their bullpen to beat the Dodgers that night (ending a 10-game losing streak), and Latos was able to come back and beat the Dodgers again on Tuesday. It also set up the Padres ace to face Giants ace Tim Lincecum in Giants at Padres, Sunday afternoon (4:05 ET) at Petco Park , in the final game of this weekend's four-game series (but not the final meeting between two teams that will play a three-game series in San Francisco on Oct. 1-3). Latos, who was signed by Giants manager Bruce Bochy's brother (a Padres scout), has allowed just three runs in 28 innings in four starts against the Giants this year (including two 1-0 wins). Lincecum has faced the Padres just once this season, and it didn't go well, as he was knocked out in the fourth inning of an 8-2 loss on Aug. 15. He has only four wins in 12 career starts against the Padres (his fewest against an NL West opponent), although his career ERA against San Diego is 2.16.
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Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2010 2:25 am
 

3 to watch: The Remember it's September edition

Hey twins4eva, first of all im not hating on the TEAM im hating on the fans that are constantly on here crying about why their guys should be getting awrds at the end f the year. They all just keeping saying that they wont get it because of this and that and they keep crying and crying because there guys "deserve it more then anyone esle..." All they are thinking about is awrds and no awrds dont get you to post season because that is just one player. Yea i believe CarGo deserves the MVP but i also believe Joey Votto deserves just as much. Jimenez however doesnt deserve the award because he is as consistant a pitcher as atleast 5 others. WOW 18 wins???? WELL he had 15 at the break WHAT HAPPENED????? Call me and Philadelphia fans arrogant all you want but every city and team has arrogant fans and disrepectful fans. calling them losers is a little uncalled for yes but im so tired of hearing these Rockies fans whine about their players deserving awards more then anyone else when their team isnt even in a playoff spot yet.  Just cause i speak the truth doesn't count me as an arrogant person. I dont hear Cardinals, reds, Phillies, braves fans etc. etc. cry and say if my player doesnt win thsi award its BS and biased and BLAH BLAH BOOOO HOOOOO. Halladay deserves CY YOUNG in my opinion he is on top of almost every pitching category there is except ERA which he is right there with that too. But no one is coming on here saying that if he doesnt win it that it BS. Its starting to seem like to me that thats all the rockies fans care about, and YES im tired of seeing it. So call me arrogant all you want but im not all im doing is speaking the truth.

NEWS FLASH: CarGo isnt the only deserving player for MVP and Jimenez doesnt deserve CY YOUNG AT ALL. Halladay, Wainwright, Hudson, and Latos all deserve it more than him and i would even put Josh Johnson in front of him. And when it all comes down to it maybe Cargo wins the award but i think it all depends on if he makes the playoffs if the Rockies do he wins it if the rockies dont Votto wins it.

BUT ONCE AGAIN QUIT CRYING AND ACTING LIKE HE IS THE ONLY PLAYER OUT THERE DESERVING! And especially get off Jimenez's case because he is so inconsistant come the 2nd half of the year that he dont even have a winning record in the 2nd half...

BOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO. I hope the Rockies make the playoffs though because my Phillies love handling them every time they play them.




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 11:05 pm
 

3 to watch: The Remember it's September edition

Wow, you really did solidfy my image of a philedelphia fan. Arrogant and pompus.  It is a TEAM sport.  But each TEAM has its leaders in the locker room and on the field.  And if those leaders are proving their worth through their numbers and winning awards...this will only better this team to become a World Series contender or champions.  Your lack of sportsmanship only proves what small and in-comprehendable brains and understanding Philedelphia fans have of sports.  Either that or you personally are some sort of R-Tard.  Layoff, if your gonna hate on teams, pick one worth hating on, not a team that despite their problems always sticks around till the last game of the season and always making the end of the season interesting, what more could you ask from a team. 



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:57 pm
 

3 to watch: The Remember it's September edition

The Rockies remind me of the Twins.  What more could you ask for from your team other than to make it interesting at the end of the season.  They always seem to stick around and nudge their way into the playoffs or at least contend for a spot making it harder for thier foes to get in.  I like both organizations and their ability to never say never and strive till the last game of the season.


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