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Rockies gear up for NL Wild Card showdown in Arizona tonight

The Rockies make their return to postseason play tonight in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.

Rockies' Jon Gray loves pitching in Arizona |
Rockies ace Jon Gray told Thomas Harding that he enjoys pitching at Chase Field, which is good news for Rockies fans because he will be on the mound there tonight facing the Diamondbacks in the NL Wild Card Game. Gray is 2-0 in Arizona with a 2.77 ERA and 20 strikeouts and just one walk in 13 innings.

How the chance blend of Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu finally carried the Rockies to the postseason – The Denver Post
All-Stars Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado reminisced Tuesday about their time together at Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2013 and how the three of them together helped bring the Rockies back to the postseason.

Kiszla: After 162 games, the Rockies and Charlie Blackmon get nine innings to earn real respect – The Denver Post
Mark Kiszla has a column for The Denver Post today about the opportinity for quite a few Rockies, including Charlie Blackmon, to have a coming out party in front of the nation this month, starting with a win today over Arizona.

Rockies Carlos Gonzalez prepped for Wild Card |
Carlos Gonzalez, the only holdover from the Rockies' last playoff team in 2009, is relishing his return to the postseason after seven years away from it. Gonzalez struggled through a good portion of the 2017 season, but caught fire in September, hitting .377/.484/.766 with 12 doubles and six home runs in 24 games.

Jorge De La Rosa, Rockies’ winningest pitcher, now trying to win against them; Daniel Descalso saw Colorado’s window – The Denver Post
Today also marks the postseason debut of the winningest pitcher in Rockies history, as lefty Jorge De La Rosa will be in the Arizona bullpen. De La Rosa was on the Rockies 2009 playoff team, but missed the postseason with a groin injury.

MLB Wild-Card Games Are the Most Cruel and Wonderful Events in Sports - The Ringer
Claire McNear writes an ode to the Wild Card Game for The Ringer, which she aptly describes as "bizarro, devastating, self-antithetical chaos." Get ready Rockies fans, you're about to experience it for the first time.

German Marquez Autographed Plaque Giveaway! | The Morning Blitz
Mile High Sports is giving away Rockies swag. First up, an autographed p