The Colorado Rockies have absolutely owned their NL West rival San Diego Padres in the 2013 MLB season. The Rockies completed a 2-1 series win on Wednesday, seeing ace Jorge De La Rosa improve his overall record to 12-6. Jorge is now a remarkable 8-1 at the hitter friendly Coors Field in Denver. Not only did they win the series, Colorado has owned San Diego this season, going 12-4 against their division foes.
Sitting at 57-65 with sole possession of third place in the NL West, the Rockies find themselves 14 games behind the division leading Los Angeles Dodgers, at 70-50. The Dodgers seem to be winning every game they play lately, and look as if they’re the best team in all of baseball right now. It would take a miracle for Colorado to close the door on Los Angeles within the division.
Well, the Rockies aren’t strangers to miracle finishes, as they won 20 of 21 games in September 2007, and beat the aforementioned Padres in a one-game playoff in order to advance to the 2007 MLB postseason. The Rockies miraculous run continued deep into the 2007 playoffs, as they won the franchises’ first NL Pennant. Eventually, they were swept 4-0 by the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 World Series. Regardless, that was a year true Rockies’ fans will never forget.
It is unfortunate that Colorado couldn’t have matched up with the Padres more often this season. Who knows, maybe they would find themselves nipping at the heels of the Dodgers with some baseball still left before the end of September. Instead, they are way back in the NL West race, and will be entering a three game inter-league series against the Baltimore Orioles starting Friday night at historic Camden Yards.
The Rockies are more than likely out of the race for this years MLB playoffs. However, they can hang their hats on the fact that they have owned the Padres this year, while going 12-4 against their division rivals.