The Colorado Rockies absolutely demolished the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday at Coors Field.
If you had any doubts that the Rockies were serious about making a run at the National League Wild Card, Wednesday night’s 12-2 hammering probably put your mind at ease.
The team’s record is now 54-53 for the season, putting them above .500 this late in the year for the first time since 2010.
Carlos Gonzalez drove in not one, but two home runs and extended his hitting streak to 15 consecutive games.
Following Wednesday’s win, the Rockies are seven games back in the NL West, but only 3 games behind in the National League Wild Card Race.
“We didn’t go into the break with a great feeling, but I feel really good about the way the guys regrouped and came out of the break with a sense of urgency,” said Rockies manager Walt Weiss. “We talked about playing every game like it’s Game 7, and that’s where we’re at.”
The Rockies are now 14-5 since the All Star Break, giving them the best record in the major leagues.
For the first time, Nate Silver’s playoff computer models give the Rockies a double-digit shot at making the postseason. They climb to 12%, from yesterday’s 9% rating.
“It’s a big step,” said Gonzalez. “But we still have work to do. We have a special opportunity right now and we’re trying to take advantage.”