The Big Boys Are In Town


Posted Wed, Sep 25, 2013

Coors Field

Rocky fans line up early to root for the Blake Street Bombers for the last home game 2013 season. Click image to enlarge. [Photo: Staff] 

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies will play their final home games against one of the top teams in Major League Baseball – the Boston Red Sox. Coors Field will be hosting Red Sox vs. Rockies on Sept. 24th and 25th. The Rockies who have already played their way onto their couches for the playoffs, are now determined to give one of their stars, Todd Helton, a memorable goodbye. After 17 years with the Rockies, at the age of 39, Helton is ready to retire.
Giving Helton that type of goodbye won’t be as easy as it sounds. The Red Sox have hit a stride and already claimed the American League East. In The Red Sox have gone 14-6 during the month of September and have only been shutout in one of those games. The Sox have not been swept by in any series since May when they faced the Texas Rangers.

Lowly Red Sox fan (far left) stands among a sea of Rocky die-hards. Click image to enlarge. [Photo: Staff]

The Rockies, on the other hand, have a 71-86 record and are coming off two tough losses against the Diamondbacks where they were outscored 20-11. Despite the notable batting averages from Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer, who are both batting above .330, the Rocks currently ranked 22nd in the power rankings. The Rockies, who showed potential all season, were unable to put all the pieces together for a .500 season.
The superstars of the Red Sox will be the main reason fans will be heading out to Coors Field Tuesday and Wednesday night. Even though the Red Sox have already clinched their spot in the playoffs, they still have goals they would like to meet before the regular season is over. With 29 homeruns, David Ortiz is just one homerun and a couple RBIs away from having a 30-100 season. Dustin Pedroia and Daniel Nava are sitting pretty with .299 and .297 batting average. They’re both hoping to push that average to .300 in the final five games of the season.

Rocky ticket holders wait for Coors Field gates to open. Click image to enlarge. [Photo: Staff]

If the Rockies can put up some bats to match the power of the Red Sox, they will have a shot at coming away with a W. Their defense will also be tested. Starting pitchers Tyler Chatwood and Roy Oswalt must be able to stop the momentum that the Red Sox bring to the plate if they want to keep the score low and give their team a better chance at keeping both games close.
WHO: Colorado Rockies vs. Boston Red Sox
WHEN: Tuesday September 24th and Wednesday September 25th
WHERE: Coors Field
TIME: 6:40 P.M. – Mountain Time

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Marie Ipock is a Denver-area freelance writer.

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