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Late comebacks can be habit forming

How ironic that the Rockies went their first 70 games this year without a single comeback win after the 7th inning--the only team in the majors without a late comeback W--and now they've done the feat in two of their last three games.  Actually it could have been three in a row had Seth Smith's 9th inning drive carried a foot or two farther on Thursday night vs. Red Sox.

As a baseball fan I've always been intrigued by the emotions of late inning comeback wins. On the flip side, there's the downer of blown lead losses (Rockies started 0-5 in this category in 2010).

A late blown lead loss can sting for a day or two, but it doesn't seem to have the negative team impact as much as the positive late-inning comeback victories.  Fresh in memory is the Spilly Slam against the Giants in late August of last year, or better yet the Helton bottom of the 9th, 2-out, 2-strike home run against Saito and the Dodgers in Sept. 2007 that fueled the 21 of 22 run.

On my own I've kept the Rockies record for comeback wins/blown lead losses after 7th inning over the past 15 seasons...

          W-L
2010   2-5
2009   7-6
2008   9-10
2007  15-14
2006   9-11
2005   8-10
2004   9-20
2003   5-8
2002   4-7
2001  12-9
2000  14-6
1999   9-11
1998   7-6
1997   8-12
1996  10-11

In most years this particular W-L stat comes out close to even, unless a team has a horrendous bullpen with lots of blown saves. As I remember that was the case in 2004 when the Rockies had 20 late blown losses. The 2000 season was the Rockies best for late comeback wins vs. blown lead losses, due mostly to the monster clutch hitting season of Todd Helton and the sparkling 11-2 bullpen record of Gabe White.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. But the above FanPost does not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or views of Purple Row's staff (unless, of course, it's written by the staff [and even then, it still might not]).

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