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Rockies finishing strong to roll into playoffs

Patrick Saunders
The Denver Post

Troy Tulowitzki is looking beyond the wild-card standings and magic numbers.

The Rockies’ star shortstop is well aware that his team enters its final homestand poised to clinch its second postseason appearance in three years, a first in franchise history.

But Tulo believes the Rockies’ mission during their final nine regular- season games at Coors Field should be about much more than making the playoffs. He wants the Rockies peaking heading into the postseason.



“As a team, we need to play better,” said Tulowitzki, who Monday was named National League player of the week. “I don’t think we are playing our best baseball right now, but there is still time. If we can finish up strong, and if we come into the playoffs with our ‘A’ game, anything can happen.”

The mission opens tonight when the Rockies host the first of three games against the Padres. Colorado’s National League wild-card lead is four games over San Francisco, which won 5-4 at Arizona on Monday night. Florida and Atlanta are five games back.



The math is on the side of the Rockies (85-65). If they simply split their final 12 games, they would set a franchise record for victories with 91 and force the Giants to go 10-2 over their last 12 games in order to tie them. Florida and Atlanta would need to go 11-1.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy mustered some brave talk after his team lost consecutive games to the Dodgers over the weekend, all but dooming their playoff chances.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_13390126


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