I'm writing this evening from Rockport, Massachusetts, where I'm staying in a beach house with my folks and sisters for a few days. Luckily I've managed to find a nice family just a few doors down who have the MLB Extra Innings package, so I'm getting to look in at tonight's attractive pitching showdown between Aaron Cook and Edinson Volquez. I would like to think that I'm the only person along the entire Atlantic coast tonight who cares about the Reds-Rockies game, but my logic tells me that there have to be at least a few Cincinnati retirees in Florida.
We'll see how much of the game I'll actually get to see -- try telling a room full of Boston fans some time that you want to switch away from the Yankees and Red Sox to see what the Reds and Rockies are doing, it'll be funny -- but it's nice that I'm getting at least a few peeks. This is a big game for Colorado, who played as well as they have all year in their recent homestand. The distance between them and the lead in the NL West continues to shrink, regardless of how unimpressive that is real numbers. We can't treat one good 6-1 homestand as a breakthrough because the Rockies have good homestands all the time. They could easily give all of that good work right back.
Well, I sense another battle over the remote brewing so you must excuse me. I'll check back in later to comment if anything particularly sensational happens.