The Colorado Rockies are on the verge of their first postseason appearance since the 2009 season. With that, there is plenty of buzz surrounding the National League Wild Card game. We already know the Arizona Diamondbacks will be hosting the one-game playoff. Heading into Friday’s play, the Rockies have a 93.4 percent chance of meeting the Diamondbacks in the desert for Game 163, according to FanGraphs.
The National League Wild Card game is scheduled for 8 p.m. (Eastern time) on Wednesday, October 4. The game will be played at Chase Field in Phoenix and televised nationally on TBS. The winner of the Wild Card game will move on to meet the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series. The best 3-of-5 matchup will begin in Los Angeles on Friday, October 6.
If the Rockies advance, it will mark the team’s fourth postseason appearance in franchise history. Colorado lost to the Atlanta Braves in the 1995 National League Division Series and fell to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 National League Division Series. The Rockies made it all the way to the World Series in 2007 before being swept by the Boston Red Sox.
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Colorado’s 2007 postseason run was partly made possible by the team’s incredible end to the regular season when the Rockies captured 21 of 22 games. The term “Rocktober” was truly born then.
That year also saw the Rockies sweep Arizona in the National League Championship Series to advance to its first and only World Series to date. Heading into the 2017 postseason, that is the only time the two National League West rivals have met in October.
You can relive some of the highlights from that 2007 season by reading our in-depth series.
The Diamondbacks have indicated they will start Zack Greinke in the Wild Card game. Colorado, it is believed, would start Jon Gray in the one-game playoff unless the Rockies would need him in a potential tie-breaker game to reach the postseason.
This season, Arizona won 11 of the 19 games against the Rockies, outscoring Colorado 101-69 in the process. The 11 losses were the most suffered by the Rockies at the hands of any other team.