The Colorado Rockies would appear to have little chance of making the playoffs. A five-game winning streak and their recent history have them believing otherwise.
The Rockies look to continue what they hope is a run at the NL West title when they face the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers for the second time in a week Friday night.
Colorado (63-68) closed out a 7-2 homestand with a three-game sweep of Houston to start the week. The Rockies began their five-game run by taking two of three from the Dodgers (60-69) last weekend.
Despite the surge, the Rockies are in third place in the division, 8 1/2 games behind Arizona. In part because of their late-season runs in 2007 and ’09 to reach the postseason, they are undaunted.
“We’ve done it before. If one thing’s in our favor, of all the teams, we’ve been here before,” shortstop Troy Tulowitzki(notes) said. “We have to use that to our advantage. It’s still a longshot, but if anybody can do it, it’ll be us.”
To pull off another late-season surge, Colorado will have to extend its roll to the road. The Rockies have lost four of five away from Denver entering a nine-game trip that includes stops in Arizona and San Diego.
The right-hander gave up four runs in each while failing to last more than six innings both times, the most recent coming against Los Angeles on Saturday. He gave 12 hits in six innings, with Colorado going on to win 7-6 in 13.
Rogers is 1-5 with a 5.59 ERA in six games - two starts - versus the Dodgers in his career. However, he has had his best results on the road this season, going 5-1 with a 4.33 ERA in seven games - five starts.
Rogers will be opposed by Ted Lilly(notes) (7-13, 4.58), who despite a 2.45 ERA in his past four starts has gone 0-3. Lilly also faced Rogers on Saturday and left after 4 2-3 innings due to a stiff neck. He allowed three runs with three walks and five strikeouts.
The left-hander has gone 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts versus Colorado in 2011, and 7-2 with a 4.13 ERA in 11 career matchups.
Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep at St. Louis with a 9-4 victory Wednesday. The Dodgers have scored 22 runs in their last two games.
“We’ve swung the bats good the last couple of days, but you look at the long haul and we really haven’t been able to sustain that,” manager Don Mattingly said.
Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez(notes) has sustained his hot hitting for two weeks, posting a .362 average with seven home runs and 23 RBIs during a 12-game hitting streak. He’s batting .426 with two home runs and 10 RBIs against Los Angeles this season.