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Rockies on a joy ride for homestretch

Patrick Saunders and Troy E. Renck
The Denver Post
Troy Tulowitzki lined a base hit to score Ian Stewart from third to win over the Dodgers 5-4 in the tenth inning. The Colorado Rockies hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field Tuesday night, August 25, 2009. Karl Gehring/The Denver Post

On May 28, the Rockies were 18-28, airbags deployed, hazards flashing. Many of you, no doubt, pulled a hamstring jumping off the bandwagon.

Now it’s September and the Rockies are pulling off one of the great U-turns in baseball history.

After a 3-1 win Tuesday, the Rockies enter their final 23 games with a three-game lead in the NL wild card over the Giants. It’s OK if you’re just now hooking up for the final leg of the journey. Bandwagon fans are more than welcome.

For you, and for those of you who have been with this team every step of the way, here are 10 things you should know as the Rockies head into the homestretch:

1. Road warriors

The Rockies turned their season around in early June when they swept a four-game series at St. Louis, part of a nine-game winning streak in visiting ballparks. They need only go 5-7 in their final 12 road games to post their first winning record on the road. This is where they own a clear advantage over the Giants, who are 10 games under .500 on the road.

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