How the Colorado Rockies could have won the 2004 World Series

17 Jun 2001: Larry Walker #33 of the Colorado Rockies at bat during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Rockies defeated the Reds 4-2.Mandatory Credit: Mark Lyons /Allsport
17 Jun 2001: Larry Walker #33 of the Colorado Rockies at bat during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Rockies defeated the Reds 4-2.Mandatory Credit: Mark Lyons /Allsport /
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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 30: Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies stands at first base in the ninth inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on August 30, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies beat the Reds 9-6. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 30: Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies stands at first base in the ninth inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on August 30, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies beat the Reds 9-6. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

The Colorado Rockies picked up some steam as the weather got warmer.

The Rockies gained some ground on the Expos (surprising that the Expos were in the hunt, I know) for the Wild Card spot heading into August as at the trade deadline, they were 1/2 a game up on the Wild Card spot.

I attempted to get some help for the starting pitching since Jennings was injured at the end of June and Elarton was struggling but I didn’t have the budget so I had to stay pat at the deadline. For that, I was a bit weary.

The Padres ended up winning the West but the Rockies won the Wild Card by two games with a record of 89-73. The four NL playoff teams were the Padres, Cardinals, Expos (who overtook the Braves for the NL East), and the Rockies.

Shawn Estes ranked in the top five in NL Cy Young voting and Todd Helton also was in the top five in NL MVP voting.

The Rockies were to face the Cardinals in the NLDS. The Rockies defeated them in four games after good starts from Estes and Jennings. Helton and Walker led the offensive charge as both hit over .400 in the series.

The Rockies would face the Padres in the NLCS. It was a good series but the Rockies were able to beat the Padres in six games. The NLCS MVP was Todd Helton, who hit .450 with six home runs and 13 RBI in the series.

The Rockies were the National League Champions and they were going to face the Boston Red Sox.

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