The Colorado Rockies are doing their best to revive the excitement of Rocktober.
Colorado Rockies fans who remember the magical 2007 run to the World Series can’t help but draw parallels to this team. The never-say-die attitude is remeniscent. Colorado even has Matt Holliday waiting for a call-up to the Colorado roster.
I saw an unverified post today that said the Rockies are on a historic run over their last 40-games. Not since 1926 has a team faced a streak of consecutive games against .500-or-better competition as long as the one the Rockies are currently on. During that insane streak, the Rockies have improved their Division standing.
It is unheard of.
Consider the last 10 games Colorado has played. Four at home with the Los Angeles Dodgers and then two roadies in Houston before the current four-game weekend set in Atlanta. The Dodgers are vying for the NL West, Houston is the defending champions, Atlanta leads their division (tied with Philadelphia) and has rookie phenom Ronald Acuna, Jr. lighting up news outlets nationwide.
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In those 10 games, Colorado went 8-2, dropping the first with the Dodgers and the second of two with Houston. There has been a bit of everything in this streak, come from behind wins, walk-offs, heroics from stars and unheralded players. Pitching, oh has there been pitching, mostly from the starters but Wade Davis is also on a nice streak and Adam Ottavino looks to be rounding back into form.
The bats have been live, with everyone contributing, even the much-maligned catching group. Nolan Arenado remains on an MVP pace and the Rockies will likely take three of the four NL infield Gold Gloves. With far less fanfare, this could well be the Rockies best season. The magic of the Rocktober run was magical but it was also flukey. Winning 21-of-22 to finish the season is akin to winning the lottery.
Not very likely.
This team, despite the usual June swoon and some hiccups has been on their game all year. They’ve led the division and have stayed in the race for the largest part of the season. They’ve been pretty fortunate with injuries, not losing anyone for significant time.
Even among the streak, the sweep that Colorado completed Sunday in Atlanta is special. Let’s look at the four games: