With their win in Thursday afternoon’s game, the Rockies took a two-game lead over the Dodgers in the division. This was a huge win, and it also marked some big, history-making numbers for both Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. Arenado’s home run in the first inning gave him his 100th RBI. This is his fourth season with both 100 RBIs and 30 home runs, something only three other Rockies have accomplished. Arenado is in good company with Vinny Castilla, Todd Helton, and Larry Walker. Story continues to set records this year, hitting his 33rd home run, most ever scored by a shortstop.
September has gone very well for the Rockies. They are 7-3 in their last ten games and are about to begin a series against the Giants, whom the Rockies have always been comfortable beating. They follow this up with another series against the Dodgers. This provides them with a huge opportunity to gain insurmountable ground in the division. If they can keep up the pace they’ve been playing at, they stand an excellent chance to take the NL West comfortably. The Rockies face a difficult schedule, but with the bats heating up the way they have been, and the momentum the team has, they might just be able to pull it off.
It is undeniable that Kyle Freeland is having a banner year for the Rockies. He continues to prove that he could be a contender for the Cy Young Award. He was downright dominant in Thursday’s game, with six strikes. He also helped his cause on the other side of the plate, hitting 2-3. He’s on par to join Ubaldo Jimenez as the second Rockies pitcher to throw a sub-3.00 ERA in a season. I would say more and more of us are becoming Kyle Freeland guys.
As September has gone on, with the Rockies sitting tenuously atop the division, I think many of us were holding our breath, afraid the other shoe might drop. However, as the Rockies offense has finally started clicking and pitchers like Kyle Freeland being nearly unstoppable, winning the division is starting to seem more plausible. The 2018 Rockies continue to break records and join impressive numbers club, and if they can continue to play baseball the way they have, October might turn out very well for the Rockies.
The Giants probably don’t have a high chance of winning their upcoming series against the Rockies, but they might be ready to concede that a Giant’s loss is a Dodger’s loss. The Giants play the Dodgers at the end of the season, but if they lose that series, it won’t affect the Dodgers chances if the Rockies can use their wins against the Giants to get farther ahead of the Dodgers in the division. All this division play is making the end of the season very interesting, and let’s hope the Rockies can get the job done.