The tentative Major League Baseball schedule has been released and has the Rockies opening the 2013 season on the road in Milwaukee with a 3 game series against the Brewers beginning April 1st. The Rockies home opener falls on April 5th against the Padres. Schedule highlights at Coors Field will be the Rockies hosting both the Yankees(May 7-9) and Red Sox(Sept 24-25). Rockies schedule here.
The Rockies battered the Brewers yesterday to the tune of 9-2 and are officially in the playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 years. The Rockies are currently on a 3 game winning streak as they head into the final regular season series against the Dodgers who lead by only 2 games. So the Rockies have a lot to play for this weekend. Sweeping this series of course means the Rockies will win their first NL West title, but if you’ve followed this team for longer than the last 6 weeks of the season then you already know the Rockies do not play the Dodgers well, especially at Dodger Stadium. So here in lies the beginning of the worry that I have going into this series. But on the flipside the Dodgers are on a 4 game losing streak and if you’re wondering the Dodgers this season are 8-9 in games after having a day off.
Who woke up Garrett Atkins yesterday? Atkins went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and scoring a run despite still batting .226. Tulo was perfect with a 3 for 3 day and Barmes and Helton also had multi-hit games. I believe it’s safe to say that Aaron Cook is certainly back from injury and in midseason form after his 8 inning performance, allowing only 4 hits, a run and a walk. I really like the fact that Tracy gave Morales the ball to finish out the game in the 9th. Franklin Morales who certainly doesn’t lack any confidence in his abilities, will take that single inning yesterday into the upcoming playoffs with an even greater confidence to get the job done. The Rockies with Street and Morales both as closers have an advantage I think than most other teams going into the playoffs. The Rockies have Ubaldo Jimenez (14-12) going up against Randy Wolf (11-6).
** I really don’t read the Denver Post for obvious reasons and here are two more reasons why. First of all the front page headline reads, “ROCK-2-BER”, a terrible play on the word Rocktober. We all know it’s the second time around in recent years in the playoffs for the Rockies, but come one Denver Post, you couldn’t have come up with something better?! The second reason is that one the front page of the sports section they have the nerve to put the college football section and Colorado Buffs who lost (imagine that) to West Virginia and not have the Rockies as your number one story. Even Joe Sakic’s number being lifted to the rafters at the Pepsi Center last night ranks over the failing and pathetic CU Buffs. Who’s running the Denver Post really? (I’m getting off of my soapbox now).
It’s October 1st, the start to Rocktober 2009 can officially begin.
The Rockies pounding of the Brewers last night 10-6 and Atlanta’s loss to the Marlins 5-4 now has the Rockies magic number for the playoffs at 1. The math is simple, win today or an Atlanta loss means the Rox are in the playoffs. Still the Rockies have a slim shot at winning the division only 2 1/2 games back of the slumping Dodgers who have the day off today.
Last night’s win gave the Rockies their 3rd in a row and Jason Hammel his 10th win on the season. Helton, Gonzalez and Tulo all homered for the Rockies and the bullpen was near perfect on the night following Hammel. Torrealba continues to tear the cover off the baseball, going 3 for 4 last night with an RBI, a run scored and a .292 batting average.
Aaron Cook (10-6, 4.32) takes the mound this afternoon against Manny Parra (11-10, 6.16) for the Brewers.
** There’s a good article over at the Hardball Cooperative website by Thom Henninger on whether or not Jim Tracy’s success this season will carry over to the 2010 season. Story here. Is it a little early to be discussing next season already? Probably, but go check out the article, it’s a good read.
Chris Iannetta’s 2 run homerun in the bottom of the 11th was the difference in last night’s win over the Brewers. Couple that with the Braves losing to the Marlins, the Rockies have a 3 game lead in the NL Wildcard race and now only need 3 wins to secure that spot in the postseason. Also with 5 games to go the Rockies are 3 1/2 games in back of the Dodgers in the NL West as the Dodgers crumble down the stretch having lost 3 in a row and 4 of their last 5.
Jason Marquis didnt get the win, but I dont believe last night’s outing totally destroyed his spot in the rotation for the playoffs, though he still remains to be the odd man out at this point. Marquis did give up only 2 runs in six innings of work, but did allow 4 walks and recorded only 1 strikeout.
Tonight Jason Hammel (9-8, 4.30) takes the mound going against the Brewers Jeff Suppan (7-11, 5.04).
Major League Baseball today has released all team schedules for the 2010 season. The Rockies will again open the season on the road, this time in Milwaukee against Prince Fielder and the Brewers, beginning on April 5th. The Rockies open up at Coors Field on April 9th with a 3 game series against the Padres. Then take a day off before another 3 game series at home against the Mets. I applaud the fact that the Rockies aren’t having to play the D’backs as their first series of the season at home. In fact they don;t meet the D’backs until April 26th at home. If you have followed this blog for any length of time, then you know of my hatred for most things Arizona.
Other highlights of the 2010 season include interleague play begins in Kansas City against the Royals the weekend of May 21st-23rd. June 11th-13th interleague against the Blue Jays at Coors Field. Then on the road to Minneapolis to faceoff against the Twins in their new ballpark, Target Field, June 15th-17th.
The Red Sox visit Coors Field for a 3 game series June 22nd-24th. The Cubs visit Coors Field July 30th- Aug 1st. The Rockies close out their home schedule with 6 games against division rivals, the Giants and Dodgers at the end of September. Then finish the regular season on the road against the Cardinals in St. Louis Sept 30th-Oct 3rd.
Full schedule here.
The Rockies somehow cant seem to get more than a game ahead of the Giants in the NL Wildcard race. We win, they win, we lose, they lose. I dont have a problem with the Rockies losing if the Giants lose, but come on! There’s no way the Rockies shouldn’t have swept the Mets in this series. But of course it didn’t happen. Jason Marquis had a bad 4 run inning in the 5th and no offense to back him up through the first 6 innings. The bats didn’t awaken until the 7th when the Rockies scored 2 runs when Chris Iannetta and Ian Stewart both hit solo homeruns. Then in the 8th Barmes replicated with a solo shot of his own. The Rockies went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.
The Phillies did the Rockies a favor by beating the Giants 2-1 to maintain their 1 game lead in the NL Wildcard race. The Giants are in Milwaukee for the next 3 games before returning to AT&T Park to face the Padres. While the Rockies begin tonight a 3 game series against the D’backs, followed by 4 against the Reds. This schedule clearly favors the Rockies and they need to do all they can to take both series.
Jason Hammel (8-7, 4.40) faces Dan Haren (13-8, 2.78) tonight.
Ubaldo Jimenez strikes out 4 through 8 innings for his 13th win of the season. Seth Smith homers. Recent acquisition, Jason Giambi singles in 2 runs to break the tie. Yorvit Torrealba steals a base and has a 12 game hitting streak going while Franklin Morales gets the save. If I left out anything, I apologize, but last night game against the Mets was further proof that the Rockies have gotten some of their mojo back in their quest to make the playoffs.
The Rockies still maintain a one game lead over the Giants in the NL Wildcard race. The Giants shutout the Phillies 4-0 last night and will finish up that series before heading to Milwaukee for 3 games.
The Rockies go for the sweep today of the Mets with Jason Marquis (14-9, 3.60) on the hill facing Pat Misch (0-1, 3.41)