A World Series trip in 2007 was all fine and dandy for the Rockies, but this time they want to make it even better in 2009. Win a game? Two? Maybe four. It’s possible:
Colorado’s route to the playoffs this year is different from 2007. It led the Wild Card race for 31 straight days before locking it up on Thursday. In ’07, the Rockies won 14 of their final 15 regular-season games, including the classic play-in game against the Padres.
But, incredibly, the spirit of 2007 could return in ’09.
The regular-season ends with a three-game road set against the fading Dodgers that starts Friday night. The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the NL West has been one since Monday. But if the Rockies sweep, not only will they end the year with seven straight wins, but they will win the first division title in club history. Mathematically, it’s possible for them to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
It’s a long shot, but you can’t put it past the Rox.