JOHN VANDELINDER: Rockies due
October 27, 2007
Craig — It’s not over yet.
Sure, the Boston Red Sox look tough, are tough and play tough.
But, sit back. Think for a minute.
Who won, David or Goliath?
Your Rockies still have won 21 out of 24 games.
No reason for despair.
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The World Series is a best-of-seven affair.
Boston simply held court by winning the first two at home. Now the fall classic travels to Coors Field for the next 3.
Boston has outscored Colorado, 15-2, the first couple of games, but Colorado manager Clint Hurdle and company were just feeling the Sox out.
Thirteen runs allowed the first game and the Rockies – who led the big leagues in defensive fielding percentage – adjusted, allowing two in Game 2.
Now, if they can get those bats hot again.
Game 3 is what this series is all about. If the Rockies fall, pack it in, it’s over.
But, if they slay the oh-so-mighty Sox, it is a whole different scenario. Colorado gets three straight at home in the 2-3-2 format. Pulling back to 1-2 is so much better than say, being in an 0-3 hole.
Down three is an almost impossible scenario. Down 1-2 is making the world take notice that America isn’t a Red Sox nation that so many of their fans would like to believe.
Hurdle isn’t over thinking anything, he’s just letting the kids play.
I would, too.
Willy Taveras doesn’t have any bunt base hits yet this series. He led the majors with 37 this season, 19 more than his next closest competitor. Let him play, that means he is due.
Troy Tulowitzki is batting .212 during the postseason with just one home run and three RBI.
That means this front-runner for rookie-of-the-year is due.
Jeff Francis gave up 10 hits and six runs in Game 1, after two and one runs allowed his previous October starts. He is also due, to get back on track. As is the entire Rockies squad.
The Rockies were not simply lucky to get where they are. I once heard that luck is when hard work meets opportunity.
The Rockies have been working hard.
Now is the opportunity.
They are due.