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The Rockies’ advantage over the Brewers in the Wild Card race

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Rockies news and links for September 22, 2017

The Rockies’ Big Advantage in the Wild Card Race | FanGraphs Baseball
The Brewers are certainly making these last couple weeks of the season, uh, fun. But Dave Cameron lays out some reasons why Rockies fans should be confident as confident now as we were way back on June 17. For one, the Rockies play more home than road games, while the opposite is true for the Brewers. And the Rockies schedule is easier overall as well. With schedule factored in, FanGraphs projects the Rockies to finish with a .513 winning percentage, and it pegs the Brewers at .454.

The Rockies have some things working in their favor. None of it will matter, of course, if the Rockies don’t manage to score another run in 2017.

Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon not ready to ponder 200-hit milestone or MVP talk | The Denver Post
Charlie Blackmon is having one of the best position player seasons in Rockies history. Unsurprisingly, he's not that interested in dwelling on that right now. As he tells Patrick Saunders, contributing to the team on their way to the postseason is what matters most right now.

Rockies' rotation set up well for stretch run | MLB.com
Tracy Ringolsby notes that the Rockies, who rode rookie starting pitchers early in the season, are likely going to rely on veterans down the stretch. Germán Márquez will probably be the sole rookie starter for the remainder of the season, while Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson, Chad Bettis, and possibly Tyler Chatwood round things out.

Rockies say they will extend netting in 2018 | MLB.com
The Rockies announced that they'll extend netting next season. According to Thomas Harding, the Rockies said that the change was planned prior to a girl getting hit with a foul ball in New York on Wednesday.

Rocktober Skies: How a “band of brothers” became Colorado’s greatest baseball team | BSN Rockies
The best part of this is Bud Black's begrudged acknowledgment that Game 163 was, in fact, "a great game." It's hard to blame him. It was the closest Black ever came to reaching the postseason as manager of the Padres, and the spoilers didn't even look to be in the race at the beginning of September. Drew Creasman and Jake Shapiro also have a lot of excellent stories from a couple players who don't recall the game with a hint of bitterness, Cory Sullivan and Ryan Spilborghs.

‘ROCKTOBER’ REVISITED: Rockies sweep away Dodgers, set sights on Padres | Mile High Sports
Mile High Sports is retro-recapping Rockies games from September, 2007. Here, they look at a 9-4 win over the Dodgers. It capped off a series that saw the Rockies rise from fourth to third place in the NL West.

Devastation. 5-3, Cubs beat Brewers. | Brew Crew Ball
Go. Cubs.

Cardinals complete sweep of Reds, behind 14 hits (and 7 walks) in 8-5 win | Viva El Birdos
Don't look now, but the Cardinals are a half-game behind the Brewers and just 1.5 games behind the Rockies.