Here’s a plausible scenario for a four-way tie among N.L. contenders | Bleed Cubbie Blue
There has never been a scenario in which more than two teams have tied for a postseason berth. It is possible, though incredibly unlikely, that we see a four-way tie between the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, and St. Louis Cardinals. If all teams end the season with a record of 90-72, there would need to be a National League West tiebreaker game between the Rockies and Dodgers, as well as a game between the Cardinals and Brewers to determine who gets the first Wild Card spot. The teams that lose these games would play each other for the second Wild Card spot. The winner of that game would then play in the Wild Card Game.
The winner of the NL West would take on the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series, while the winner of Wild Card Game would take on the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS. As a Cubs fan, Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue is naturally rooting for this chaos to occur. I would be too if this scenario didn’t involve the Rockies- it means more baseball after all! But if the Rockies could go ahead and wrap things up quickly and successfully, that would be ideal!
BSN Rockies Podcast: Freeland matches Kershaw but Colorado falls in crushing loss | BSN Denver
In the latest episode of the BSN Rockies podcast, Drew Creaman discusses the next steps for the Rox, who suffered some brutal losses in their latest series in Los Angeles. It will be important for the offense to get going sooner rather than later. Creasman details the trouble that the Rockies have had with getting pinch-hits this season as well.
Sarris: Kyle Freeland, old-school ace | The Athletic ($)
If he keeps up his current pace, Kyle Freeland will have only the third qualified season with a sub-3.00 ERA for a starting pitcher in Rockies’ history. Freeland isn’t getting an extraordinary amount of swings and misses, or even ground-ball outs. Rather, he’s simply throwing his pitches with an incredible amount of command (including the best command for a left-handed pitcher against right-handed batters in all Major League Baseball) and he’s preventing the other team from scoring runs. Eno Sarris of The Athletic focuses primarily on Freeland’s changeup, which has improved exponentially from a season ago.
Rockies to skip Gray’s next start in Arizona | Rockies.com
Jon Gray, whose turn in the rotation would have come this Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, will have his turn skipped. Gray struggled tremendously in his last start against the Dodgers. German Marquez and Antonio Senzatela will pitch in the series, each on an extra day of rest. Skipping Gray’s start will allow Freeland or Marquez to match up in a potential one-game playoff. MLB.com’s Katie Woo provides details on the Rockies’ rotation, as well as an injury update on Trevor Story, who will look to resume baseball activities during today’s off-day in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Rockies’ Spring Training facility.