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Red Sox 2, Rockies 1
2007-10-26 12:50
by Mark T.R. Donohue

What can you say? I guess I have to say something. The Red Sox haven't had to use any of their vulnerable pitchers -- which is every single one of them besides Beckett, Schilling, Okajima, and Papelbon -- in a close-game situation yet. The Rockies have made the crippling mental mistakes, none more so than Matt Holliday's unconscionable stroll off of first last inning.

I didn't say much after Game 1 -- OK, I didn't say anything -- and I don't have much to say now. They have to win all three games at Coors. They should be able to. The first game, they had no chance in with Beckett aflame and Jeff Francis having a meltdown. The second game, they looked the whole time as if they belonged in the series but not as if they realized it was theirs to win (Ryan Spilborghs needs to be benched, he looks completely terrified... thankfully, NL rules will do that without Clint Hurdle having to come to the same realization). Now the rules change, there will be a least a couple of Rockies fans in the stands, and the Red Sox have the issues to deal with in their lineup. However, the Rockies aren't going to win Games 6 and 7 at Fenway -- maybe Game 6, maybe Game 7, but not both -- so they have to sweep these three. It will be very difficult, far more difficult than anything they have accomplished in the postseason so far.

And that's about all I have. Man, I don't want to have to write the "It was just nice to have a run for once" post. That post is lame. Rockies, help me out.

2007-10-26 13:54:22
1.   Daniel Zappala
I'm pulling for you and the Rockies, Mark.
2007-10-26 15:42:06
2.   Gagne55
Things look very bleak for the Rockies at this point. I don't see the Red Sox losing game 5 with Beckett on the mound if there even is a game 5. Pretty much all signs point against Colorado at this point, but hopefully they can do some damage in the confines of Coors.
2007-10-27 04:59:15
3.   dzzrtRatt
"Bleak" seems strong. The next two games are very winnable. Then, yes, Game 5 will be a bear. But if you can get the series back to Boston, I think you've got a better shot against Schilling, and if you beat him, you've got a shot to win it.

There is a path.

2007-10-27 15:57:18
4.   das411
My favorite comment I saw about game 2 was:

"Yep, this series is definitely over after the first two games. Love, the 1996 Atlanta Braves."

2007-10-27 18:04:02
5.   Mattpat11
I;m not sure the Rockies understand the concept of a base. If you wander off it, you can be tagged out. Someone needs to send this memo to the Rockies.
2007-10-28 09:41:37
6.   Griffon64
The Rockies kind of jinxed themselves when they decided to trademark "Rocktober", I think. That's the cart before the horses and a big market team move - the universe suddenly noted what they were doing and shifted to step on them.

That said, it isn't over yet, though it is getting close.

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