Is it a case of the Rockies heating up or the Dodgers playing some of the worst baseball of any team all year long? Probably a little of both, but the Rockies are certainly playing some good baseball as they handled the Dodgers with a four game sweep, the first since 1993 for Colorado at Dodgers Stadium.
The Rockies took on each of the Dodgers best pitchers, including the best pitcher in baseball and the former ace of the Rangers, but they still got the sweep and played some excellent baseball all series long.
The bullpen was particularly strong as they gave up only two runs over the whole series. Both runs came in the ninth inning on solo home runs and the pitchers who gave them up did a good job of responding and keeping any further runs from scoring. While the starters were not fantastic, they were good enough and with the September call ups, the Rockies were able to spread the work out so that they can take some of their best bullpen arms to Arizona primed and ready to go.
The Rockies offense was great on Sunday afternoon, tallying eight total runs on three home runs and eleven hits. Nolan Arenado got the scoring early on a single and a home run to give the Rockies their first two runs. They were stagnant on two runs until the eighth inning when they got the big blast from Mark Reynolds, a grand slam and his 29th homer of the year. The Rockies got a single from Wolters and a solo homer from Story, his second of the series, to take home their last two runs.
Going into the Diamondbacks series, the Rockies need to take all the momentum from this series and use it. A good series could give them a chance at taking the wild card lead back, but they really need to focus on holding off the Brewers and Cardinals who are both only three games back. The Rockies don’t play either of those teams, but if they can keep the winning ways up they will solidify at least the second spot.