DENVER — Great to see you again, Rocktober.
Grab a fleece jacket and stick around for a while?
Don’t be fooled by the anticlimactic way in which the Rockies advanced to the MLB postseason for the first time since 2009. Nothing about their playoff return was easy, expected or orthodox.
When the Cardinals beat the Brewers in a day game Saturday — thanks, St. Louis! — the Rox clinched a spot in the wild-card round without needing to beat the Dodgers on Saturday night at Coors Field. The Rockies will play the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The winner of the elimination game, which will be broadcast on TBS, advances to face the Dodgers in the National League Division Series that starts Friday in Los Angeles.
“Thank you!” veteran right fielder and fan favorite Carlos Gonzalez shouted to a sold-out crowd at Coors Field on Saturday.
And thanks to one of baseball's best defenses, MVP candidates Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado and a young, dynamic starting pitching staff — a welcome twist on a 25-year-old plot — the Rockies flushed away years of futility to secure their fourth trip to the postseason. How long can it last?