The Biggest Series Of 2010 (So Far)

Want to watch playoff baseball in September? This weekend, you get a chance.

Having lost four in a row, the Colorado Rockies put their season on the line against the San Francisco Giants, who hold a 3 1/2 game lead over them in the NL West. Sweep and they’re right back in this thing – anything less and their odds of playing in October mostly vanish.

The Rockies have about a 3 percent chance of making the playoffs right now. They’re in a pretty big hole, but this weekend presents baseball’s version of a way to climb out of it. It won’t be easy – taking three straight from a good baseball team never is, and the Rockies will have to do it without Ubaldo Jimenez. Jhoulys Chacin, Jason Hammel, and Jorge de la Rosa will have to carry the day, and they’re going to have to figure out how to put runs on the board against a red hot pitching staff.

Don’t put money on the Rockies taking all three, but series like this are why we love baseball. You want the last week of the season to mean something? Win three in a row. Earn it.

The things that we remember, the things that we talk about, the things that go down in history are not the ordinary, expected outcomes. No one cares when the probable occurs. It’s the can-you-believe-that-happened experiences that create memories, and the Rockies have a chance to give their fans that kind of memory this weekend. Beat up on the Giants at home, put yourself back in the race, and I guarantee that there will be some kids in Denver who become baseball fans for life.

On the other side of the coin, the Giants have a chance to make this a two horse race. If they win the series, they’ll have one less team to worry about, and could conceivably end up getting enough of a lead where the final weekend series against San Diego might not matter all that much, especially if Atlanta’s struggles continue.

Colorado-San Francisco is the most important baseball series we’ve had this year. One team’s season is on the line, while the other can give themselves a great chance of playing in October with a strong performance on the road. It’s great drama, and it’s the kind of series to get excited about.

Forget Red Sox-Yankees – this is the match-up of the weekend. It should be a lot of fun.

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  1. John says:

    Don’t worry, ESPN won’t be airing any of it

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    • AK707 says:

      It just means that I don’t have to listen to any joe morgan blather/idiocy during Sunday’s game. Of course it means that we lose John Miller, but we can’t have it all.

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    • LondonStatto says:

      Of course not. The Yankees are playing the Red Sox, which means it’ll be on national TV.

      For about the 10th time this season.


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  2. Bobo says:

    I read the title and thought this was going to be about the Ms and if they can 2 more games this season and get over 60 wins…

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  3. dinordi says:

    Lincecum will outduel Chacin and put the Mile High Hopefuls out of their misery tonight.

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  4. baycommuter says:

    Agree that it’s a huge series… Billy Beane’s secret plan in trading Carlos Gonzalez was that he’d come back and kill the Giants.

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  5. Josh says:

    I think the Padres/Giants 4 gamer a couple weeks ago was just as important.

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  6. joeIQ says:

    It’s like the Rays announcer said, until the Red Sox have an X by their name, don’t count them out.

    Not that Yankees Red Sox is better, but I’m still interested in the red sox last stand.

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  7. Matt Defalco says:

    This is the series of the year for now. However, if the braves go on a hot streak and the Giants and Padres are close to each other at the end of the season, their 3 game series will be for the playoffs- now THAT is a series to end the year.

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  8. B says:

    You could probably make a case for the Phils/Braves series that was just wrapped up. Phils going in 3 games up, Braves leading the wild card by 1.5. Alas it didn’t really turn out to be much of a series as the Phils swept ‘em to stretch the lead to 6 and let the west teams catch up to the Braves.

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    • Huh says:

      It almost seemed like the Braves went into that series with a strategy to sacrifice some young starting pitchers, over use their bullpen, see how many errors they could make, and pretty much fold so that Bobby Cox wouldn’t have to manage during the playoffs…

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  9. CircleChange11 says:

    This is like a 7 game series where one team has a 3-0 lead. It doesn’t get interesting until it’s 3-2.

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  10. Nick says:

    Hey Dave the idiot, you still think Lincecum’s stuff is eroding?

    Back at 92-95, still leads the NL in strikeouts. Suck it, douche.

    Amazing what a minor tweak in mechanics can do for velocity. It’s too bad Fangraphs can’t accept tangible explanations.

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    • NBarnes says:

      Thanks for your contribution.

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      • Nick says:

        Still waiting for Dave to comment on Lincecum’s velocity increase the past 4 starts. Has Dave ever heard of tangible explanations for velocity loss, like shoddy mechanics? Guess not. Timmy is back, and with a vengeance. Timmy says Dave the Douche Cameron can suck it.

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      • joser says:

        I see only one candidate for “douche” in this thread, and it’s not Dave Cameron.

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      • NBarnes says:

        Is ‘threw 598 innings combined in his age 23-25 seasons’ not a ‘tangible explanation for velocity loss’? I don’t understand.

        I am beginning to suspect that Dave Cameron ran over Nick’s pet labrum when Nick was a small child, or something like that.

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      • Nick says:

        NBarnes, clearly you are just another stat head that can’t accept the fact that Timmy ironed out his mechanicas and is now back in the 92-95 range. If you can’t understand that, well, you sir, are one big ass joker.

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  11. pft says:

    NL is AAAA ball, sorry. Pat Burrell and Ramon Ramirez are all the proof you need, both stunk in the AL east, and are reborn in the NL West.

    The biggest series of the year will be next weekend as the Red Sox sweep the Yankees to force a 1 game playoff and get revenge for 1978, and duplicate the 2004 ALCS comeback.

    I actually saw beads of sweat on Giradis forehead tonight, so Michal Kay lies, he does sweat.

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