Somewhere in Denver, a witch stumbled drunkenly into Coors Field and cast a spell that said the Colorado Rockies will be a good team every 10 years. And poof! Here we are in 2017, just a decade after the Red Sox swept them in the World Series. It was such a sweep, that I didn’t even remember that the Rockies were the other team that went to the World Series in 2007.
The Rockies were off to a great start this year. A start that maybe we’ve seen a handful of times before, but as my friend and Denver native always said about them “it never lasts.” And so I watched the NL West, waiting to see if and when the Rockies would take their eventual tumble. But it never came. They’ve battled it out with the Diamondbacks, another team that’s been a surprise for the season, and now are nearly in a three way tie for the top with the Dodgers too.
Much like the Mets of 2015 the Rockies are blessed with a young pitching staff. Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela, German Marquez and Jeff Hoffman have a collective ERA of 3.66. But unlike the Mets of 2015, they’ve always had the offense ready to go.
I’ve always said that the Rockies would never have a young successful pitching staff considering Coors Field is such a hitters park. In fact it has to be the ultimate hitters park. The mountain air is so thin, you could sneeze and hit a home run out there. Yet here are the Rockies, currently posting a record of 46-26.
If you’re still not convinced this is going to be a magical season for them. Look no further than Nolan Arenado’s walk off home run yesterday to beat the Giants. A walk off that was also the last piece he needed to hit for the cycle:
Now, I don’t know if this means they’ll make it all the way back to the Fall Classic. But the signs are there, and they have more than enough pieces to battle it out and win the NL west.