The Coors Effect

August 29, 2010 8:58 PM

Rockies win a series... over the Dodgers?!

While we don't want to be comparing ourselves to the 2007 Rockies too often, I will point out that with 33 games left in the regular season that year the Rockies were 4.5 games behind in the wild card.

With 33 games left in this season, the Rockies are... 4.5 games behind in the wild card.

Okay, so it was a little different -- in 2007, we only trailed the Padres, while right now we're trailing the Phillies, Giants, and Cardinals.  It's a smidge different that we have three teams to pass rather than just one: if there were only one team ahead of us in the standings, we could play good baseball (but not lights-out baseball like the '07 team) and hope for that one team ahead of us to blow up.  I'm still on, it's probably not happening this season; even winning two thirds of our games the rest of the way means that we wind up with 90 wins, which probably isn't enough to make the playoffs this season.

But one big demon was exorcised this afternoon.  For the first time since August 19-21, 2008, the Rockies won a series against the Dodgers.  Yeah, the Rockies would need to go 5-1 in the remaining games to win the season series against the Dodgers (which hasn't happened since 2007), but this is a start.

And, if the Rockies are in trouble, the Dodgers are really on their last legs at 6.5 games back in the wild card.  They'd need a minor miracle to make the playoffs at this point.

Anyways, today's game saw Jason Hammel pitch 5.1 solid innings, though he scuffled a bit at the end, and he even had two hits and an RBI.  Matt Reynolds did what Matt Reynolds does, setting down lefties and righties alike and keeping his major league ERA at a sterling 0.00.  Carlos Gonzalez knocked not one, but two homers, numbers twenty-eight and twenty-nine on the season.  Ryan Spilborghs hit his tenth homer, doing his usual solid fill-in job in the outfield against a lefty.  Dexter Fowler hit two triples, giving himself the franchise single-season triples record at 12 on the season (it was a little embarrassing to look at the previous triples record and see "Neifi Perez" on two different occasions.

There's a little concern that in his last two outings, Matt Belisle has returned to being Matt Belisle rather than SUPER MATT BELISLE, who didn't allow an earned run for a month.  But all in all, this was a good day for the Rockies, and a nice reminder to wild card leading teams that no lead in the wild card race is ever safe.  Unless the Rockies completely tank the season the way they did in 2008.

Rockies Top Three

1.  Carlos Gonzalez
: CarGo's home numbers by themselves (.386, 23 HR, 60 RBI) would merit MVP consideration.  Too bad his road numbers (.267, 6 HR, 30 RBI) are there.

2.  Dexter Fowler: Which is a better accomplishment -- two homers in a game, or two triples in a game?  (Answer: Two homers.  Cory Sullivan once hit two triples in the same inning.) I just love reading "D. Fowler tripled to shallow right" in the play-by-play.

3.  Jason Hammel: Contributed to the win both on the mound and at the plate.

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