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Sport Rockies chasing 1st division title in tight NL West race

17:51  14 september  2018
17:51  14 september  2018 Source:   ap.org

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DENVER (AP) -- Opposing managers Dave Roberts and Bud Black are close friends. Star infielders Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt talk all the time.

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State of the Dodgers: Winning the division title will give the Los Angeles a welcome two-day break at home before the Division Series begins at Dodger Stadium. State of the Rockies : Colorado had to lean heavily on its best starters to even get to the point of playing for the division title .

Just maybe not so much right now.

This NL West title chase is serious business and shaping up to go down to the wire. Colorado holds a 1 1/2-game lead over Los Angeles and stretched its margin to 4 1/2 over Arizona by taking three of four this week. The Rockies are aiming for their first division title in franchise history.

''I expected us to be in this position,'' Arenado said . ''I thought we had the type of players who could do something like this.''

Typically, Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill doesn't start looking at the standings until mid-September. He made an exception after his win over the Rockies on Sunday, just to see where things stood.

It's scoreboard-watching season.

''We have a beautiful scoreboard out there,'' Rockies manager Black cracked. ''We have to have that heightened focus we've had all season long. I don't think you ratchet it up any higher. You keep it at a nice level of intensity with the focus but yet loose in your body to perform. I think our guys are in a pretty good spot.''

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Your move, Rockies . The Dodgers’ blockbuster trade for Orioles’ all-star infielder Manny Machado Los Angeles holds a two-game lead over Colorado in the NL West , and a But one thing is now for certain — if Colorado stands pat, the road to a first division title in franchise history just got steeper

The Rockies lost control Saturday night at jam-packed Coors Field. Had they defeated the Nationals, and then repeated the feat on Sunday afternoon, the first National League West title in franchise history was theirs. The division winner will head directly to the NL division series vs. Atlanta.

This marks the latest in a season Colorado has been alone in first place since 1995.

''It's what you grew up dreaming about, having a chance to win the division and play important games like this,'' Rockies shortstop Trevor Story said. ''For me, though, it's trying not to do too much. Just play within myself and that will be enough.''

The Dodgers have 10 NL West titles since Colorado entered the league in 1993, while the Diamondbacks have five since '98. The Rockies finished just behind Arizona in 2007, when they beat San Diego in a tiebreaker game for a wild-card spot and advanced to their only World Series appearance.

Following a 7-3 homestand, Colorado embarks on a nine-game trip, including three in Los Angeles and three more in Arizona. The Rockies finish up with seven in a row at home against Philadelphia (four) and Washington (three).

Los Angeles started a four-game set Thursday night in St. Louis with a win against a Cardinals team trying to get into the postseason. Then, the Dodgers play only division opponents the rest of the way.

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The Diamondbacks have the toughest stretch of the three. They still play a series in Houston against the reigning World Series champions and host a Chicago Cubs team that's trying to win the NL Central.

''Pretty much every game for us, the Dodgers and the Rockies has been a playoff game in September,'' said Goldschmidt, whose Diamondbacks team is 3-9 this month. ''You don't get this opportunity that often. It should be a fun end to the year, for whatever team comes out on top.''

Arenado and Goldschmidt have been friends for a while, stemming from their meetings at All-Star Games and playing for Team USA. It's on the backburner for the moment.

''I probably won't talk to him during this series,'' Arenado said. ''After it, we'll talk a little more.''

Roberts and Black go way back, too, with Roberts serving as one of Black's coaches when they were together in San Diego.

''He knows a lot of my tendencies. I know his,'' Roberts said. ''It's going to be exciting. I know that.

''(The tight division race) is great for baseball. It's great for all three fan bases. It's great.''

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With NL West race coming down to the wire, second-place Dodgers counted their chickens before they hatched. Meanwhile, as Colorado now holds a half-game lead over Los Angeles with four to play, the Rockies have been non-existent with the brash statements but heavy in execution on the diamond.

Rockies still looking for their first NL West title . After 25 years of existence, the Rockies are still looking for their first division title . Colorado joined the league as an expansion team in 1993 and they have yet to claim an NL West championship.

The Dodgers have won five straight NL West crowns in mostly comfortable fashion - by 11 games in 2017, four in '16, eight in '15, six in '14 and 11 in '13.

''It's been a fun September so far, and a lot of good games from now on,'' Dodgers utilityman Enrique Hernandez said. ''It's going down to the final series.''

Colorado has 43 comeback wins this season, including five walk-off homers. The Rockies also feature two players who should garner some NL MVP votes in Arenado and Story. Arenado is hitting .301 with 34 homers and 100 RBIs, while Story is batting .292 with 33 homers and 102 RBIs.

''We're very confident we can (win a division title),'' Story said. ''That's one of our goals. We're going to go for it.''

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