The Colorado Rockies have now clinched a playoff spot with a win last night at Coors Field. They face the Washington Nationals for the next two games, a team that is out of the playoffs while the Rockies are one of the hottest teams in baseball.
To further that point, the Colorado Rockies have averaged more than seven runs per game during this clutch eight-game winning streak.
The Rockies need the good Jon Gray starting today (and from here on out) as he has been Jekyll and Hyde for most of the season. Gray went seven innings giving up one run in his last start, recovering from four awful starts earlier in the month. So, for the Rockies’ sake, Gray has to build off of that and pitch the Rockies to a division crown.
After that, Gray will get a chance to make up for his forgettable effort in last year’s Wild Card game.
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The bats are red hot throughout the lineup and coming off the bench, especially Gerardo Parra, who’s been nearly automatic pinch hitting. Trevor Story keeps rewriting his place in history for National League shortstops, and he and Nolan Arenado remain in the conversation for the National League MVP title.
Also, let’s not forget David Dahl is on a five-game home run streak and the Rockies look poised to make another World Series run.
The crowd celebrated Colorado’s first back-to-back playoff berth on Friday.Sometime this weekend, they may get a chance to applaud the Rockies first ever National League West title.
This late season stretch is very reminiscent of the 2007 run that pushed the Rockies all the way to the biggest stage in baseball. That year, they won 13 out of 14 and then the tiebreaker game over the Padres. So get out to Coors Field or tune in at home. It’s a special time to be a part of the Rockies faithful.