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The Rockies’ September is as important as it will be difficult

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Rockies news and links for September 1, 2017

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Slumping Rockies face streaking D-backs in crucial weekend series | The Denver Post
The Rockies and Diamondbacks have been in a back and forth all season. The D-backs currently have a 3.5 game lead on the Rockies after they swept the Dodgers and the Rockies dropped two out of three against the Tigers. All of the sudden, the Rockies are further behind the Diamondbacks for the top Wild Card spot than they are ahead of the team closest behind them for the second. The Brewers are just 2.5 games behind the Rockies.

Now, the Diamondbacks visit Coors Field for a critical weekend series. It will be significant in terms of the standings. But for the Rockies and their fans, how the team fares this weekend could either buoy hopes for a late push, or leave everyone dejected and wondering what in the world has went wrong.

Building on bullpen success, Tyler Chatwood still sees himself as a starter | Mile High Sports
Tyler Chatwood has adapted to his role in the bullpen, Alissa Noe writes, but Chatwood is heading into his first free agent market with aims of getting a job in a starting rotation.

Welcome to one of the most important months in Colorado Rockies history | BSN Rockies
Andrew Dill offers an overview of the final month of the Rockies 2017 season. It's not going to be easy. The Rockies play 17 of their final 29 games against the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, and Marlins—seven games a piece against the D-backs and Dodgers. The Rockies are still in a good position to secure a Wild Card spot, but they aren't going to be able to coast to it.

Rockies prepare for new September strategy | MLB.com
Bud Black states that the Rockies strategy to September call-ups will be to favor players who can help the team win in September. This won't be month for non-prospects to get a courtesy cup of coffee. Notably, Pat Neshek stated that he sometimes has a hard time as a pitcher facing rebuilding teams in September. There are simply too many new players to study prior to the contest. This could come up in some of the Rockies' 12 games against the Giants and Padres in September.