In a July 16th poll conducted here on RWO, 63% of you said you hated the Dodgers the most out of any NL West team. The Giants came in at 28%, Diamondbacks at 6% and the Padres rounded it off at 3%.
So, for the 63% of you that can’t stand the sight of the Dodgers, you might wanna keep your eyes glued to the TV this weekend because the Rockies can make it all but impossible for the boys in blue, and their vaulted payroll, to grace any mention come play-off time.
Well, any mention other than, “Ha! look what a bunch of money doesn’t get you!”
The Dodgers are 4 games back in the wild card chase and their WCE (wild card elimination number) is a nice doable 4.
Oh, and the Rockies 100 game elimination number is 1.
Tonight the Rockies will have Jeff Francis on the mound. He has quite the pressure put on him with this completely unbelievable (in any other season) stat:
If Jeff Francis wins it would be 1st time all year their starting pitchers collected a win 3 G in a row.
But not impossible. The Rockies have won the last three series against the Dodgers and are tied 9-9 for the season so far. They will have Kershaw back on the bump and hoping to keep their 2 game winning streak alive. He was a bit rusty in his return from the DL on Sunday. He gave up one run over five, but gave up five hits and five walks.
The Dodgers will also have Shane Victorino back after his wrist injury. He will be pushed down in the batting order, hitting 7th.
Matt Belisle gave Troy Renck possible the greatest quote ever, calling out either other players or management. It isn’t clear which he was talking about, but the sentiment was clear and consise: quit blaming Coors.
It can’t be a crutch or an excuse for why we don’t do well. If the mind-set has shifted, it has to shift back. It’s about having an attitude. If we are going to have guys who mentally break down because of the surroundings, then we don’t want them.
Despite his struggles the last few games, which can be attributed to fatigue more than anything, he should become the manager, GM and owner of this team until someone with the same thought process can be brought in to take his place.
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