Sequels are the order of the day, so call this Rockies II: The Great Escape.
A bonafide loser for more than a decade, Colorado is 34-33, winners of five straight series and hosting the New York Yankees for three games starting Tuesday.
This is the closest to a World Series atmosphere as the Rocks have ever experienced. Coors should be overflowing, and the baseball should also be good.
The best news of all is that the team took the loss to Tampa Bay badly. The Yanks should take losses to Tampa Bay badly, not the Rocks. This change of attitude is reflected in the gambling stats. The Rocks are 19-19 as underdogs and still over .500 on the road. Usually wiseguys pad their bank accounts betting against Colorado away from Coors.
The euphoria in Denver could end later this month, however. Colorado begins what could be a back-breaking 10-game road swing starting Thursday with three in Toronto.
Colorado has managed to open a 4Â½-game cushion between itself and San Francisco for third place in the NL West. The Giants are going through their usual June swoon, starting the week in last place after four straight losses.
Meanwhile, the Rocks posted wins in Boston as dogs of +235 and +190. They also figure to be home dogs in all three matchups with the red hot Yankees. Should the Rockies remain over .500 when the New York Mets come to Coors on July 2, then we’ll really have something to talk about.
According to the Denver newspapers, there is trade talk involving 3B Garrett Atkins (.311 BA in June) in exchange from some much needed starting pitching.
The Rocks have improved dramatically on offense, boosted by the 1-2 hitters in the order Willy Taveras and Kaz Matsui. The duo is being compared in Denver with former St. Louis Cardinals speedsters Vince Coleman and Willie McGee for their ability to reach base.
The Rocks have exceeded 10 runs in three of their last five games, with the OVER on a 3-0 run. Sounds like the good old days of Coors Canaveral, where baseballs would leave the yard in record numbers.
The OVER might be a good play in Yanks series with A-Rod, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada wielding hot bats.