Colorado Rockies morning after: Confidence at Chase Field bubbling over
By Kevin Henry
We have talked for some time about how important it is that the Colorado Rockies host the National League Wild Card game at Coors Field. There seems to be something special about playing an important game in your home stadium, right?
Well, after some careful consideration, maybe it’s not as much where the two teams play as much as which team has the most momentum coming into the game. Or perhaps where a team feels very comfortable playing, even if it’s on the road.
The Rockies have made Chase Field their own personal playground over the last two nights, delivering back-to-back defeats to the Arizona Diamondbacks and making a statement in the process. Over the weekend, the University of Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield made a lot of noise when he planted his school’s flag in the middle of Ohio State’s football stadium after a big win. He claimed it as his team’s turf in that moment. As it turns out, the Rockies are metaphorically doing the same exact thing in downtown Phoenix.
Both Nolan Arenado and Gerardo Parra have made sure to let their feelings be known to a Diamondbacks fan and the Diamondbacks bullpen, respectively, over the last two games. Both have responded with defensive gems to back up the talk and Arenado had one beautiful home run to put an exclamation mark on the discussion he was having with Arizona’s “Front Row Joe” by the Rockies dugout.
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After Tuesday night’s 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks, Colorado has now win six straight games on this eight-game road trip through Los Angeles and Arizona. The Rockies have also won eight straight games away from Coors Field, the most since the 2009 squad pieced together nine consecutive road victories.
Those wins are helping the Rockies not only in the chase for the second Wild Card slot but also giving them a chance to host Game 163. Colorado is now closer to catching Arizona (3 games back) than the Cardinals (3.5 games back) and Brewers (4 games back) are to catching them. Oh, how a hot streak can change everything.
But it’s also important to look at how Colorado has fared in Arizona this season. The Rockies are now 5-3 at Chase Field and, worst case with two games still to play, will finish with a .500 mark in the desert during the regular season. Conversely, the Rockies are just 3-6 against Arizona at Coors Field this season.
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Colorado is looking very comfortable in Phoenix right now. That’s a good sign for Game 163, no matter where it is played.