Two years after pulling off a miraculous run that almost ended happily with a World Series title, the Colorado Rockies are back in the playoffs, clinching the National League Wildcard spot last night.
But, while the team’s post-season berth is assured, don’t rule them out as the National League West Division champs just yet; the Rockies sit two games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the two teams square off this weekend for a three-game set in L.A. The Dodgers are limping into the series on four-game losing streak.
The National League playoff teams are set, with the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies joining the Dodgers and Rockies, but whether the Dodgers or Rockies end up playing the Cardinals in the first round is up in the air.
This time around, the Rockies are hoping not to repeat the ticketing troubles the team experienced in 2007.
In a massive cyber attack, computer servers handling Rockies tickets crashed, which caused big delays in the sale of World Series tickets. More than 8.5 million hits were registered in a 90-minute span in late October 2007, which jammed the system and resulted in an FBI investigation. No arrests were made.
On the American League side, three of the playoff teams are set, the
New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels. The final AL slot will go to either the Detroit Tigers or the Minnesota Twins, with the Tigers clinging to a two-game lead heading into the weekend.