The Rockies never lose these days, and before the Marlins took on the Mets this evening, they realized they could not lose further ground in the standings after the Rockies swept the Reds Thursday afternoon to extend their winning streak to seven.
The Marlins trail the Rockies by five-and-a-half games in the Wild Card standings heading to Tuesday's showdown against the Mets. Had they lost the series or got swept, they would have been behind by eight games, and for all intents and purposes, it would have been over.
It probably is over at this point. With the way the Rockies are playing, it's hard to think they are losing anytime soon.
Sure folks can talk about the NL East, and that's still feasible with the Marlins trailing the Phillies for first place by five games, but don't count on that to happen either. The Phillies are talented enough not to blow a NL East lead.
The Rockies could make a run in the division, but even if they take the lead the NL West, the Dodgers would take the Wild-Card lead, and it's a good bet they won't implode.
At this point, the Marlins need divine intervention for them to gain games and make a quick leap in the standings in a span of three weeks.
The Marlins schedule does not get any easier after this weekend's matchup with the Nationals. The Marlins face the Cardinals at Busch Stadium to start the week next week, and then they get a breather by facing the Reds.
They finish their home schedule after that by facing the World Champs and the Mets the following week, and they wrap up the season by going to Atlanta and Philadelphia.
The Marlins are going to regret games they blew away in recent weeks, and they should have swept the bad teams when the opportunity was there. The Marlins finally accomplished a sweep by sweeping the Mets, and they need to do it again this weekend.
The Rockies continue to get better as the weeks go on. No question their schedule has been friendly, but they receive contributions from every player every night.
We all know the Rockies hit the ball, but they pitch well too. The Rockies feature five starters that can trot out quality starts in Jason Marquis, Jorge De La Rosa, Jason Hammel, Jose Contreras and Aaron Cook (he is on the disabled list).
To think their starting rotation has flourished despite the absence of Jeff Francis (out for the season) and Ubaldo Jimenez (he is on the DL).
They might be better than the 2007 Rockies team that went on an amazing September run to qualify for the playoffs.
Good fortune happens to that team every game they play.
It's great for them, but frustrating for the Wild Card competitors.
It's no wonder why MLB Network and ESPN never mention the Marlins as a Wild-Card competitor anymore.
The Marlins are finally on a roll, but now it's too little too late.
The Rockies are starting another chapter of Rocktober.