In an August 24 blog, I noted that commentators had been hyping the Colorado Rockies' homestand against the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers asthe most important in team history
. I questioned that hyperbole at the time, and given that this particular stretch sputtered out with two consecutive defeats to L.A. (a team that always seems to have the Rocks' number, as I also pointed out in the aforementioned post), I fear those same folks may shift into frantic mode during the next three games, against the Giants in San Francisco -- particularly if they don't go well.
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True, the Rockies only have a two-and-a-half game lead over S.F. in the wild-card standings right now, and if they're swept, they'll actually trail by Sunday night. But all would be far from lost thanks to an exceedingly favorable September schedule: eighteen of the final 27 games at home, mostly against mediocre opponents (among them, the Mets, the Diamondbacks, the Reds and the Padres), plus three additional games against the Giants (in the Bay Area, unfortunately) but no more against the Dodgers. With that in mind, simply try to enjoy tonight's tremendous pitching matchup -- Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Tim Lincecum, who were on the mound during this past Sunday's great face-off, won by the Rockies 4-2. Even if Jimenez doesn't manage to best Lincecum again, the team remains on the inside track to the playoffs. The glass is still half full.