| Sports |

The next biggest series of the year for the Colorado Rockies

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

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 as the 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.

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.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.