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Colorado Rockies’ bullpen gaining strength from success

Colorado Rockies news and links for Monday, September 11, 2017.

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Rockies bullpen surging in winning streak. "We're feeding off the atmosphere," Jake McGee said. | Denver Post

The Colorado Rockies have always seen a strong bullpen as a key to their success as a team and they finally have one. The bullpen allowed only two runs in 16 innings during this four game sweep of the division-leading Dodgers after a rough month of March for everyone on the roster. The expanded September rosters have given Bud Black the opportunity to give struggling relievers opportunities in low-stress situations while giving the hot hand opportunities in high-leverage situations. This roster manipulation has set the team up for success during the sweep, and the bullpen is feeling good heading into Arizona.

Sweep of Dodgers has Rockies riding high |

If the Rockies face the Dodgers in the playoffs, it's very likely they will see the same starting rotation as they did this weekend. If these past four games are any indication, the Rockies might stand a chance at advancing past Los Angeles. Even though the Dodgers are playing terribly right now - they have lost 14 of their last 15 games - the chances of the Rockies beating all of their top four starters was unlikely, but they pulled it off and now have some breathing room in the Wild Card standings.

Wild Card Corner

¡Adios, Pelota! II: Yadi & Wacha Send Pirates Packing | Viva El Birdos

The St. Louis Cardinals continued their hot streak by sweeping the Pirates in their three-game series this weekend. The Cardinals are 8-2 in their last ten games and are only three games behind the Rockies. They are off today before taking on the Reds on Tuesday.

Brewers sweep Cubs with 3-1 win behind Zach Davies & Travis Shaw | Brew Crew Ball

The Brewers also swept their opponent this weekend, staying three games behind the Rockies. The Cubs were said unfortunate opponent and now hold a measly two-game lead on the Brewers and Cardinals.

Arizona Diamondbacks 3, San Diego Padres 2: D-backs Salvage Series behind Dominant Robbie Ray and Just Dingers | AZ Snake Pit

The Diamondbacks beat the Padres 3-2, maintaining their five-game lead. It looks like the Wild Card game is going through Arizona. *Commence all jinx rituals*

Brewers 3, Cubs 1: This isn’t the way we envisioned this weekend | Bleed Cubbie Blue

There's a significant chance one of the Cardinals and Brewers will catch the Cubs, making them another Wild Card contender. The Rockies would be the NL Central division leader right now and are up a game on the Cubs, so just be better than the best team in the Central, I guess?