The Dodgers did not celebrate at Coors Field this weekend. Not for a division title, not even for a win. Despite the magic number to clinch the West shrinking to three entering play on Friday, the Dodgers were not able to get it down to zero and pop the champagne. Thomas Harding has more on that story.
All of this sets up an interesting scenario where the Dodgers go to San Francisco for four games at AT&T Park. With the magic number now sitting at two, all the Dodgers have to do is win one of those four games and the Giants will have to watch them celebrate on their field. If the Dodgers have to win the division, it couldn't happen at a better place.
If you separate the humidor and pre-humidor eras of Coors Field, Nolan Arenado's pop this season has been historical from a Rockies perspective. It becomes a very brief history and eliminates the Blake Street Bombers from the conversation, but he's the only man to ever hit 40 in a Rockies uniform since the change. Of course, that could change this week if Carlos Gonzalez hits just one more long ball.
One other note (this one from Nick Groke) as the Coors Field season wraps up:
#Rockies averaged 30,948 attendance this season after today's Coors Field finale. That ranks 14th in MLB, eighth in the NL. 2,506,789 total.— Nick Groke (@nickgroke) September 27, 2015
While this is still a very strong showing by Rockies fans, there are signs that their patience are wearing thin. That average attendance number is the lowest since the Rockies won the pennant in 2007, and it was generally dropping post July before this weekend.
With another losing season likely in 2016 to go along with no Troy Tulowitzki and possibly no Carlos Gonzalez, the Rockies should see one of their three lowest average attendance numbers ever next season.
We've known Frazier was leaving after this season for a little while now, and the Rockies honored him over the weekend with a nice retirement ceremony, but the other (somewhat expected) news that was made official the weekend was Ryan Spilborghs sliding into Frazier's old role. So going forward, you're likely looking at Jeff Huson and Spilborghs splitting the analysis role in the booth next the Drew Goodman.
Yes, I am honored to take George's place next year. Some big shoes to fill, he wears size 14, I'm 11 1/2. https://t.co/YWqeU2h1om— Ryan Spilborghs (@spillygoat19) September 27, 2015
Good luck to George Frazier and his family as he's able to spend more time in player development, which seems like something he truly enjoys.
In other NL West broadcasting news, the Padres are aggressively pursuing Red Sox play-by-play man Don Orsillo who is leaving the NESN booth at the end of this season. With Dick Enberg's retirement looming, this is a move that makes sense for San Diego.
Former Rockie Huston Street may have seen his season come to an end this weekend when he suffered a groin injury that ended with him needing to be assisted off the field. This is a big blow for the Angels who are in an extremely tight race for the second AL Wild Card with the Astros and Twins. The team is still holding out hope that Street might be able to go in the playoffs if they get that far, but things don't look good.
Last night was a very bad sign for the Pirates and really highlights how important their three games series against the Cardinals this week is for their chances of reaching the NLDS. Jake Arrieta looks like the last pitcher on Earth you would want to face right now in a one game elimination. Over his last 11 starts, he has a 0.44 ERA, and after one more tune up start later this week, he'll be ready to face whoever runs into the Cubs in the Wild Card play in game.
The Pirates currently sit three back of the Cardinals and will host the red birds for three games starting tonight. They likely need a sweep here if they want to avoid Arrieta. If the Cardinals take two of three, they will celebrate the NL Central title on Pittsburgh's turf.
Finally, if there's one moment that could encapsulate the 2015 Washington Nationals season, it happened yesterday when Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon got into scuffle for the whole world to see. Harper was wrong to not run out the fly ball in the tied game, Papelbon was wrong to air the dirty laundry in the heat of the moment instead of behind closed doors, and the manager (who should have been fired after his idiocy gift wrapped the Giants the NLDS last season) was wrong to allow Papelbon to pitch in the game after that incident.
This team is a perfect mess, and they have a very interesting off season ahead of them. I'm still talking about the Nationals and not the Rockies here ... maybe.