Colorado Rockies Just May Run the Table

by John on September 28, 2007

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Eleven wins in a row with three games remaining. One game back in the National League wild-card race, two games behind in the N.L. West division race. What gives? Don’t ask the red-hot Colorado Rockies. They don’t know. I’m not sure they want to know. Colorado is in the ozone and wants to stay there. “We didn’t set out to win 11 in a row,” said Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins, whose fourth-inning, two-run home run jump-started Colorado to a 10-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers last night. “We’ve just taken it game-by-game. It’s most of our first time, but we’re not thinking of it like that. We’ve had good pitching, good hitting, good defense and good luck.” The Rockies host the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend to conclude the regular season and with not one N.L. playoff berth determined, anything is possible. Division title seemed totally out of the question two weeks ago. Not any more. The way the club is playing right now, Colorado is arguably the best team in the N.L. Philadelphia is a close second. The New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs are falling apart. The Milwaukee Brewers can’t seem to get it together. Arizona lost three in a row before righting the ship with a win over Pittsburgh yesterday. Brian Giles saved San Diego’s season Tuesday night with a three-run homer with two out in the ninth to stop a four-game losing streak. The Padres are limping, though, with left fielder Milton Bradley out for the year and center fielder Mike Cameron done at least for the remainder of the regular season. The Diamondbacks send the N.L.’s reigning Cy Young winner Brandon Webb against the Rockies tonight. Webb, yesterday’s scheduled starter, was held back when a dicey weather forecast caused concern about a possible rainout or interrupted game. “I’m sure they recognized what we are doing right now,” Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. “If you’re going to be the best, you have to beat the best.” Well said, young Troy.

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