Rockies diehards, casual fans and media brethren: No matter what happens these next couple weeks, let’s all agree to, at the very least, enjoy every moment of what this gritty Colorado club can offer.
Two bona fide MVP candidates in Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. A Cy Young-caliber season out of Kyle Freeland, even if the stellar southpaw might not even crack the top three in votes for the award.
Not to mention 43 comeback victories, a .666 winning percentage in one-run and two-run games (46-23) and first place in the division in September for the first time since 1995.
These are not your father’s Rockies.
In fact, despite bullpen and offensive inconsistencies which have continually threatened to sink the season as well as a questionably large contract for Ian Desmond, I’d argue this is the most talented, cohesive Colorado roster ever assembled from top to bottom.
This week’s series victory over Arizona underscored this group’s resilience and now, with September call-ups, their depth — even if their bench isn’t stacked with veteran household names like the Dodgers’ is.
Colorado won by blowout over the Diamondbacks in the opener on Monday, then played poorly on Tuesday. Cool-cat Bud Black’s crew responded to that setback with DJ LeMahieu’s walk-off homer on Wednesday and the series-clincher behind Freeland, Story and Arenado on Thursday.
Speaking of walk-offs — this season, the Rockies have recorded all five of their walk-off home runs since July 15, with each one coming from a different player. Ipso facto, there’s plenty of clutch to go around.
Sprinkle that stat in with the nostalgia and effectiveness of Rocktober veteran Matt Holliday (.371 with two homers since his call-up Aug. 23), a bunch of youngsters hungry to make their major league name (David Dahl, Ryan McMahon, et. al) and perhaps one of the most underrated deals of the deadline in reliever Seunghwan Oh, and the result is Denver’s best chance at postseason glory to date.
Yes, general manger Jeff Bridich could have made more deadline moves at a cost, and yeah there are still some looming bullpen questions, and of course the batting average for a couple of the team’s regulars beyond Desmond (Tony Wolters at .183, Chris Iannetta at .224) is a bit low for anyone’s liking.
But remember, Rockies followers: Septembers like these have been in short supply in this club’s history. Just hold on to your seats, your hats and enjoy these next couple weeks — or, enjoy all the way through the franchise’s fifth October with Cardiac Colorado, whatever it may be.
— Kyle Newman, The Denver Post
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