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The scorecard in the archives of the Colorado

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World Series appearances 1 Tyson Ross Jersey , NL West titles 0.No divisional crowns is a particular figure that All-Star shortstop Trevor Story and his teammates are keenly aware of and hope to remedy, especially with the Rockies climbing into a place they’ve rarely been this late in the season: All alone at the top of the NL West. The Rockies haven’t occupied first place this late in the year since 1995.Colorado began an off day Thursday with a 1 ½-game divisional lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers and 2 games over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rockies (77-62) start a pivotal stretch by hosting the Dodgers for three games starting Friday and then Arizona for four more.Buckle up. These last 23 games reckon to be quite a ride.“A division title would be huge, obviously, since we’ve never done that,” said Story, who crushed three homers Wednesday, including one that went a Coors Field-record 505 feet according to Statcast. “We’re very confident we can do it. We’re going for it.”The Rockies are a little bit of an anomaly among division-leading team. Consider this: The Rockies are a minus-8 in run differential. For comparison, the front-running Boston Red Sox are plus-223 in the AL East and the defending World Series champion Houston Astros a plus-235 in the AL West.Colorado doesn’t even have the best odds of making the postseason out of its division. According to ESPN, the Rockies have a 48.2 percent chance, while the Dodgers check in at 77.6 percent.“I still think we are the best team and I know when we are doing things right and playing the way we should Allen Craig Jersey ,” said right-hander Jon Gray, who pitches Friday as the Dodgers counter with ace Clayton Kershaw. “We are going to be where we need to be at the end of the season.”Fresh off a sweep of the Giants, the Rockies find themselves a season-best 15 games above .500. They trailed by eight games after play on June 28, but have since gone 39-20 — including 5-0 in September.“We’ve been playing these kinds of meaningful games for a long time now,” Story said.The last time Colorado was in sole possession of first at this juncture of the year was 1995. That happened to be the season the team moved into its new digs at Coors Field and was led by players such as Dante Bichette, Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga and Vinny Castilla, who’s currently the team’s special assistant to the general manager. They were leading until Sept. 27 when they lost to a Dodgers team that would go on to win the division by a game.Colorado earned a wild-card spot that season. Over the team’s history, they’ve appeared in the postseason four times — all as a wild-card. The Rockies rode a wave of momentum to the 2007 World Series, before being swept by Boston. Last season http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-tony-gwynn-jersey , they lost a one-game playoff to the Diamondbacks in their first playoff appearance since ’09.“There hasn’t been any rah-rah talk, no pep talks,” Gray said. “We know what needs to be done. Maybe that was needed last year. But not this time.”Story and Nolan Arenado are pacing the offense with NL MVP-caliber seasons. Story is hitting .298 with 31 homers, 95 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. He’s also playing Gold Glove-worthy shortstop. Despite a recent slump, Arenado is batting .297 with 31 homers and 93 RBIs. He’s going for his sixth straight Gold Glove at third base.The team added even more of a veteran presence by bringing in slugger Matt Holliday, who joins a lineup that includes second baseman DJ LeMahieu, outfielder Charlie Blackmon, converted first baseman Ian Desmond and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. Younger players such as David Dahl and Ryan McMahon have been coming up clutch, too.On the pitching side, left-hander Kyle Freeland is among the leaders in ERA (2.96) http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-dave-winfield-jersey , while German Marquez is coming off back-to-back double-digit strikeout performances. The bullpen has been shaky at times this season, but Adam Ottavino has 100 strikeouts to go with a 1.96 ERA and closer Wade Davis leads the NL with 38 saves.After finishing their current 10-game homestand, the Rockies hit the road for nine straight. At 40-32 away from home, they’re one victory away from tying their mark for most wins on the road in a season (2009, ’17).“This team knows what needs to be done,” Gray said. “We are on the same page and we are feeling it happen.” MIAMI (AP) — An unlikely candidate stopped the New York Mets‘ longest home run drought in more than three years.Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer, helping the Mets beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Sunday.“It was really good,” first-year manager Mickey Callaway said. “I think Jose has been swinging the bat really well when he’s played lately and it’s good to get him in there when you have to give a guy a day off and he’s been producing for us so it’s been really good to see.”Reyes’ fourth of the season was New York’s first homer since Jeff McNeil went deep in a 6-4 win against Cincinnati on Monday night. The four-game drought was the Mets’ longest since a six-game stretch from July 19-24, 2015.Michael Conforto also connected for New York, which took two of three in the weekend series.“Any time you see the ball go out of the park it feels good Rollie Fingers Jersey ,” Conforto said.Noah Syndergaard (8-2) pitched seven innings while improving to 4-1 in his last five starts. He allowed three runs and seven hits, struck out seven and walked two.“I felt a lot better mechanically today,” he said. “I worked on it a lot in between starts and today I felt really comfortable out there. I wasn’t really fighting myself on the mound. I really had to dig deep in the seventh inning to get through it.”Seth Lugo worked around two hits in the ninth while recording his first career save.Bryan Holaday had two hits and drove in two runs for Miami after he hit a game-ending RBI single in the 11th inning of Saturday night’s 4-3 victory. Rafael Ortega added two hits and swiped two bases in the series finale.Marlins left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (4-9) allowed four runs, two earned, and four hits in six innings.“I feel like I could have controlled the game a little bit better than I did out there,” Chen said through a translator. “There’s some parts of it I didn’t do that well. The two long balls kind of hurt the club and that was unfortunate.”New York jumped in front on Wilmer Flores‘ sacrifice fly in the first, but Starlin Castro hit a tying RBI single in the bottom half.The Mets went ahead to stay in the second, taking advantage of an error by first baseman Derek Dietrich that put Jose Bautista on with one out. After Kevin Plawecki flied out, Reyes hit a drive to left for a 3-1 lead.“I didn’t really execute that high pitch well and Reyes is pretty good at hitting inside pitches so he did damage on that pitch,” Chen said.Conforto added a solo drive in the sixth for his 15th homer.“The Conforto homer was just a slider and I think it just stayed there http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-randy-jones-jersey ,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “He got him all day with it, but it’s just one that kind of spun on him.”Holaday hit an RBI single in the fourth and the sixth.PRADO WITH RARE STOLEN BASEMiami’s Martin Prado stole his first base since Sept. 14, 2016, at Atlanta.“That’s the first time he’s tried to steal in a year I think,” Callaway said. “His leg is almost broken or something.”TRAINER’S ROOMMets: 3B David Wright (shoulder/back) played five innings at third base in his first rehab assignment with Single-A St. Lucie and went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. “He came out of it feeling really good so we’re going to evaluate him when he comes in tomorrow and see what the next step is,” Callaway said.UP NEXTMets: RHP Jacob deGrom (6-7, 1.77 ERA) is the scheduled starter for Monday’s game at the New York Yankees in a makeup contest from July 22. DeGrom has made 15 consecutive quality starts.Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (2-2, 4.32 ERA) takes the mound on Monday to begin a four-game series at Atlanta.
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