The Colorado Rockies know a thing or two about September momentum. In 2007, they finished the season 14-1 and then swept the Phillies and Diamondbacks to make it to the World Series.
In 2009, while not quite as impressive as the World Series run, they did finish 20-11 to win the Wild Card.
Chances are this current Rockies squad will not fight their way into the playoffs this year. But they have won eight of their last 10. And today they can go for the jugular against their Western Division rival Dodgers.
The blockbuster trade between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox was supposed to tip the scales in favor of the boys in blue for the division. But they have lost three of their first four games with the revamped lineup.
With games against San Francisco, the Cardinals and the Nationals still on their schedule, Don Mattingly and company need to beat inferior teams in order to make up ground in the West or for the Wild Card. Now the Dodgers are facing a sweep in Coors Field which would set back their playoff dreams by a few days.
The Rockies have dominated the Dodgers on the mound and at the plate. Over the first two games, the Rockies have outscored Los Angeles 18-4. Two of the Dodgers four runs—which all came in last night's game, were scored when they were already down 8-2.
Jeff Francis and Tyler Chatwood were able to lock down the revamped L.A. bats. Wilin Rosario, who makes about $250 million less than all of the new Dodger contracts, got three hits, homered and his three RBI nearly matched the Dodgers total for the first two games.
Going into the finale this afternoon, the Dodgers need to play with a sense of urgency and possibly without Matt Kemp, who injured himself in the first inning of last night's game.
As for the Rockies, they just have to relax, trust the ball with Drew Pomeranz and know that even if they are not going to make the playoffs this year, they can make the road to October a bumpy one for others.
They have already won their series with the Dodgers. A sweep would be quite impressive.