In this episode of the Rox Pile Rockies Report, we talk about the Colorado Rockies and how they took three of four games against the Philadelphia Phillies on the road.
The Rockies have said that they really don’t want to be spoilers for other teams and their postseason chances because they would like to be in postseason contention themselves but we discuss how they have been spoilers for the Phillies and could be for the Braves this week. But also, the Rockies have already been spoilers for the Phillies and other teams for one other reason.
After the Colorado Rockies took three of four from the Philadelphia Phillies, the Phillies have a huge, uphill battle to get into the playoffs.
The Philadelphia Phillies’ lack of starting pitching was evident in the series and the Colorado Rockies took advantage of that. The Phillies had Ranger Suárez start game one and he pitched well (as he has for the entire season) but he has primarily been a reliever.
The Rockies’ biggest win was on Friday when they won 11-2. The Phillies went with a bullpen game that wouldn’t have happened if they had five starters that were good and/or healthy. Their best starter, Zack Wheeler, delivered the Phillies’ best start of the series and the only win.
Both the Phillies and their NL East rival, the New York Mets, are in desperate need of starting pitching and healthy players as both are around .500 but only 2.5 and 3.5 games out of the second NL Wild Card spot. The next team behind those two teams in the wild card race? The Colorado Rockies.
Later in the podcast, Fresno Grizzlies pitcher Austin Kitchen joins us to discuss the Grizzlies clinching a playoff birth and his own career. Kitchen, 24, was in independent ball when the Rockies signed him earlier this year. Kitchen went 1-4 for the Grizzlies with an ERA of 4.62 in 18 games (seven starts).
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