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Friday Rockpile: Rockies head west for nine-game road trip

Rockies sweep Reds, stretch streak to seven - Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post
The Rockies have won seven in a row, but now a nine-game NL West road trip will test the Rockies' mettle.

De La Rosa ready to get back on track | News
Jorge De La Rosa hopes that going to the video and meeting with Bob Apodaca will have helped him overcome the problems he had in his last start.

Bullpen trio throws zeros in six-inning stint vs. reds - The Denver Post
Jim Tracy praises his unheralded relievers for their performance yesterday.

Rogers set for debut as Rockies juggle rotation - The Denver Post
Esmil Rogers will make his major league debut this Saturday. It's been a winding journey for Rogers as he was a shortstop for three years before making the move to the mound. Also, there are updates on Cook and Street at the end.

Krieger: Rockies in rare role as front-runner - The Denver Post
Dave Krieger writes that the Rockies are in unfamiliar territory--actually having others chase after them. The one thing I disagree on with him is his position on how the Rockies arrive at the playoffs: Win the division or win the wild card? He's right that there isn't much difference there, but the Rockies still haven't won an NL West championship. Win one and then there won't be much of a difference in how to arrive at the playoffs.

The Rockies' postseason odds are now just under 92% at BP.

At 11 ET/9 MT, RockiesMagicNumber will have Part II of his interview with Marc Gustafson. Part I can be found here.