The Snakes Are Rattling But Not Biting

by John on October 14, 2007

The Refuse To Lose Tour continues (19-1 and counting). After a sweep in the Arizona desert, 5-1 and 3-2 victories on Thursday and Friday nights, the Colorado Rockies are poised to close out the NLCS in Denver beginning with Game 3 tonight. The Arizona Diamondbacks are making some noise, but so far it’s just hollow rhetoric. “I don’t think the Rockies have outplayed us because they haven’t,” said Arizona left-fielder Eric Byrnes. “They’ve had a little luck go their way. Definitely the ball has bounced in their direction. They’ve been the beneficiary of some calls. So when we look at that as a group, we look back on those first two games, we haven’t been outplayed. If anything, it’s the other way around.” I’m not sure what games Byrnes is referring to. It’s been all Rox so far. Perhaps the Arizona star is trying to fire his boys up. Certainly he doesn’t want to provide bulletin-board fodder to Colorado, though. Sure the Rockies have had more than their share of bloopers, bleeders and squibbers. But Colorado has pitched superbly, played sterling defense and hit in the clutch. The Diamondbacks can’t get a hit when it matters and have committed untimely bonehead plays. Visions of baserunning blunders in the ninth inning of Games 1 and 2 come to mind: Miguel Montero sliding past second base trying to stretch a single into a double and Stephen Drew abandoning second base believing he was forced out on Byrnes’ grounder to second. Not the formula for winning baseball. If it weren’t going to be so damned cold tonight at Coors Field, I’d expect some fireworks. The Diamondbacks are not happy campers. Josh Fogg is on the hill for the Rockies and Livan Hernandez chucks for Arizona.

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