With only a handful of games left, the Colorado Rockies control their own destiny.
Only a half-game back in the National League West entering Wednesday’s play, and currently controlling the final Wild Card spot, the Colorado Rockies are in a really good place. As of right now, they would need to win each of their last five — all at home — to guarantee a tiebreaker game with the Los Angeles Dodgers. But winning the division outright, even with a loss, is not out of the question.
On Tuesday night, the Rockies got the Dodgers loss they needed as Los Angeles was walked-off by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the desert. The Dodgers have one more in Arizona … but some eyes have already turned to their next location.
A day after the San Francisco Giants got a walk-off winner themselves, they delivered some big news about the race for the West this weekend at AT&T Park. The player who nailed the game-winning hit (Madison Bumgarner) had his start pushed back to Friday … so he could pitch against the Dodgers.
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With the Giants having a off day like Los Angeles does on Thursday, San Francisco was able to tinker their rotation.
The Giants are 15 back and are out of it, so this move was made out of spite and to get their horse one more ride this season.
The four-time All-Star and former World Series MVP has a 3.20 ERA in 20 starts this season. Against the Dodgers over his great career, he’s made 30 starts to the tune of a 2.61 ERA and a 15-10 record.
But make no mistake, the Giants nor the D-Backs (who had their own fans actively chanting “Let’s go Rockies” at Chase Field Tuesday night) are doing this out of support for purple. This is spite for the incumbent West winners of five straight titles.
And there is no more hate possible in sports than Giants-Dodgers. And this is no guy that the Rockies would want on the mound more for the Giants than Bumgarner.
“I thought they were just going to give him an extra day of rest,” Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black deflected when asked about the start being pushed back. “Some big lefties need an extra day of rest.”
Black played for the Giants from 1990-93. Playing in it, and managing in the NL West for 11 years, he knows the rivalry.
“From my perspective this has been a long-standing rivalry, well before I was born,” he continued. “This transcends decades as far back to New York. This is something that hasn’t happened overnight. This is long-standing between two great franchises. It has shown to be fierce at the end of the season numerous times. I was part of those in 1991 and 1993. And there have been others. I’m sure Rockies fans and Rockie nation will be watching this series as well.”
As it has many times, Giants-Dodgers is going to decide the National League West. This time though, it will be impacting the Rockies as they vie to end the Dodgers’ reign at the top of the division.