Colorado Rockies Hoping for Another Late Season Run

Nick TremaroliCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2008

Clearly, this season has not gone the way Colorado Rockies fans and players have wanted. As of August 17, 2008, the Rockies are 57-69. The question is, will the 2007 Rockies show up for the last part of the season, or will the 2006 Rockies show up?Last year, after their last series with the Florida Marlins, they went on an unforgettable 21-for-22 run including a huge win over the San Diego Padres in the first ever play-in game to go to the play-offs for only the second time in franchise history. The game went into the 13th inning in which the Rockies came back in the bottom of that inning to score three runs against Trevor Hoffman, the all-time saves leader, after the Padres had scored two in the top half. This win clinched the Wild Card play-off spot in the National League. They then got on a plane and headed to Philadelphia to play the Phillies in the National League Divisional Series. The Rockies went 7-0 in the play-offs sweeping both the Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Unfortunately, the American League Championship Series went to seven games which meant that the Rockies had to wait eight days before they could face their eventual foe, the Boston Red Sox. Every baseball fan knows what happened. The Red Sox dominated and swept the Rockies in four games. Seth Smith struck out against Jonathan Papelbon to end the World Series. Regardless of this outcome, that run to get to the Rockies' first ever World Series was unforgettable.

In 2006, the Rockies came close to winning the NL West but then called up many rookies during the "September call-ups" including Troy Tulowitzki, Omar Quintanilla, Chris Ianetta, and others. Because of this, the Rockies fell out of the NL West race and missed going to the 2006 play-offs.

Currently, Colorado is on a three game winning streak. The way the Rockies are, anything is possible at this point. They could get on a really big hot streak again and go all the way this year. One of the main reasons the Rockies are only in third place and 8 games back in the NL West is their play against their division rivals like the Diamondbacks and Dodgers. This year the Rockies are 17-28 against their division including a 2-10 mark against the NL West leading Diamondbacks. The only way the Rockies have a chance at winning their division is by winning at least 75% of their games left including going undefeated against the division. Hopefully the Rockies can pull it out, but as of right now it looks like Rockies fans are going to have to look to the 2009 season with hope that the Rockies want it more than ever.