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Last night's loss isn't entirely a death knell, but it does tie the team's hands for next weekend's series against the Dodgers (winning all three is about the only option) and adds just a little more pressure from the rapidly winding down clock. Let's hope we don't have many more performances like the one Roy Oswalt came up with to look forward to in the final three weeks of the season.

I'm still in the boat that this end of the season mini-run was too little, too late, but it does have me looking forward to 2009. Part of the reason for this is the plain awfulness of the Diamondbacks despite having three really good pitchers. The D-backs simply aren't a better team than the Rockies right now. The Dodgers are a better team, but that's largely thanks to their addition of a few players (like one M. Ramirez) that will be free agents this winter. Manny's really liking Los Angeles, I'm a bit concerned that he'll re-sign with the Dodgers, so I'm hoping that in signing him they're forced to make some trade-offs and get weaker at other positions. It's going to be an interesting winter to watch, but I still see the Rockies in an excellent position for 2009.