Killing Them Softly: Why The Colorado Rockies Will Be Back In "Rocktober"

Chase RuttigCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2009

DENVER - JULY 26:  Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies takes an at bat against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on July 26, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Giants 4-2.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

In 2007 the Colorado Rockies quietly went on a September hot streak that sent them to the playoffs where they continued their magical run all the way to the World Series coining the term "Rocktober" and taking the baseball world by storm.

They won that year due to no name players stepping it up and hot bats from Matt Holiday and Troy Tulowitzki, the veteran leadership of Todd Helton and a little luck along the way.

After a dissapointing 2008 campaign, Matt Holiday left in the off season and Jeff Francis continued to experience set backs on the mound. The Rockies had another dissapointing start to this year's campaign it seemed like they were heading back to mediocrity.

Fast foward to present day the Rockies are tied for the NL Wild Card with the San Francisco Giants with two months left and no one is giving the Rockies a chance at holding on and winning what is a tight Wild card race just like in 2007.

The Giants have the best pitcher in baseball, the Cubs are finally playing to their potential, Florida has history on their sides, and Brewers, Astros and Mets fans still think their teams have a chance. All signs are pointing away from Colorado.

Well I will tell you why the Rockies will hold off the competition and make a triumphant return to October.

Of the top five National League Wild Card teams, Colorado has the highest run differential and the best road record, no other team comes close. You need to win on the road to make the playoffs and the Giants and Cubs are having serious road woes.

Colorado also is second in the National League in runs and homers, scoring at a frantic pace. Their pitching may be middle of the pack but they get their pitchers run support and confident pitchers have the ability to win games for their team when the bats aren't there.

The Rockies also have most of their 2007 cast intact with the exception of staff ace Jeff Francis and Matt Holiday, who was deserving of the NL MVP in the 2007 dream run. These Rockies have been in this situation before and the Giants have not.

The Rockies also stood put at the deadline and I believe that was a great choice for them, while the Giants did pick up Freddy Sanchez, who is a great second baseman and is a solid average hitter, the Giants needed another big bat that could knock some balls into McCovey Cove and they didn't get their man.

As for the Cubs, who, on paper should be locking up the NL Central title right now, there is so much going on in Wrigley that the distractions might be their downfall.

The Rockies have their work cut out for them, and with two months left in the season it is anybody's race, ask any Rockies fan and they will tell you anything is possible, but once October comes around don't be surprised if you see the rag-tag Rockies doing what they do best, turning October into "Rocktober"