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Wednesday Rockpile: Playoffs in Sight for Rockies

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With a tense Rockies win in a wet, cold, classic Coors Field game and a Giants loss, the Rockies' magic number for the Wild Card and their second playoff berth in three years is only seven. Colorado only likely needs to go 4-7 over their final 11 to clinch the berth. Heck, going 5-6 would give the Rockies their most regular season wins in franchise history and a 96.7% chance of being in the playoffs. Here are the scenarios in tabular form (hat tip to GOROCKIES85):

Colorado                                SF                                 ATL                                       Florida

3-8  89 wins                 8-3   89 wins                     8-3  89 wins                        8-2   89 wins

4-7  90 wins                 9-2   90 wins                      9-2  90 wins                         9-1  90 wins

5-6  91 wins                10-1                                       10-1                                        10-0

6-5  92 wins                11-0                                       11-0                                       

7-4  93 wins               

As you can see, there's not much chance of Colorado not making the playoffs at this point.

It was the tenth win in eleven games for Colorado in the friendly confines of home. The Rockies are now 39-14 (.736) at Coors since Jim Tracy took over as manager--and with eight more games at Coors simply equaling that pace will render the season-ending series vs. the Dodgers moot. That is, unless the Dodgers let the Rockies within two games of the division lead (not likely at this point).

Injury Updates

Good news and bad news from an injury standpoint.

Aaron Cook feels excited and ready to go (and indeed will start on Friday night vs. Chris Carpenter). Also of note is that Jose Contreras is similarly improving and could also be used Friday. In addition, the article mentions a couple of contract incentives that are coming up for Jorge De La Rosa.

Meanwhile, closer Huston Street returned to the mound for the first time in three weeks after suffering from bicep tendonitis. Also mentioned was that set-up man Rafael Betancourt was nursing a sore calf muscle last night.

On the bad side, Carlos Gonzalez pulled up a little lame after legging out a triple to lead off the first last night. The diagnosis is left hamstring tightness. The move to pull him was precautionary given the cold weather and he is listed as day-to-day. Money quote:

"I made contact and I was trying to go hard like I always do, and then my leg was feeling bad," Gonzalez said. "Right when I took off, I knew I was feeling pain, so I slowed down. I wasn't 100 percent. I was kind of jogging the bases. I expected to stop at second base, and then the ball just kept going off the wall. I was just jogging to third not to put any more pressure on my leg."

Here's Jim Tracy's perspective:

"From what I heard, he would be available tomorrow, but he's going to have to be beyond 100 percent for me to take that chance," Tracy said.

It sounds like Gonzalez will probably be held out of action until the weather improves, which makes sense to me, especially with the Rockies so close to clinching a playoff berth.