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Colorado Rockies news and links for Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Wildfires continue to devastate the Western United States, with poor air quality accompanying the harsh blazes. MLB’s West schedule has faced associated safety concerns, but with 13 days remaining in the regular season, little time remains to reschedule games.
The A’s and M’s stayed inside, but the retractable roof didn’t appear to do much:
— The Comeback MLB (@thecomebackmlb) September 14, 2020
Athletics pitcher Jesus Luzardo voiced his discontentment on Monday: “When I came out [the Air Quality Index] was at 284. I’m a healthy 22 year old. I shouldn’t be gasping for air, or missing oxygen when I’m getting to the line. I’ll leave it at that.” Oakland and Seattle went on to complete both games of their doubleheader.
The A’s will receive at least some form of relief over their next two games, as the air quality in Denver is projected to be far more accommodating than what they dealt with in Oakland and Seattle. Over the past week, California was hit with “some of the worst air quality in the world.”
Tonight will be the fourth game in a timely nine-game homestead for the Rockies.
The National Football League says they will reschedule or relocate games if the anticipated Air Quality Index exceeds 200. The San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals sat just below the threshold for their Sunday matchup in Santa Clara, California. The NFL was reportedly monitoring the levels in the Los Angeles area as well, with the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams playing Sunday night in neighboring Inglewood.
Colorado will visit San Francisco for a four-game set starting next Monday; the projected air quality in the Bay Area this week looks far more accommodating than last week.
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The Rockies’ playoff hopes are, technically, still alive, though FanGraphs gives them only a 16.7% chance of being one of eight National League teams to qualify.
Patrick Saunders includes a quote from Tony Wolters in this writeup: “I’m really excited and I feel like we are in a good spot. Everyone, our whole team, I feel, is together.” Saunders further discusses the home stretch for the Rockies, and how Colorado’s lack of clutch hitting has slowed their progress after a “magical” 11-3 start.
2020: the year of the uncommon celebration.
Kevin Henry of RoxPile writes how Daniel Bard is worthy of the 2020 NL Comeback Player of the Year. Bard’s comeback story is one for the ages; prior to this year, he hadn’t played in the bigs since 2013. His performance this year has propelled him to the top of the Rockies bullpen.
The Rockies fell from 17th to 20th in ESPN’s weekly power rankings. Of the teams currently in the NL wild card hunt, the Giants rank 15th, the Brewers rank 18th, and the Marlins rank 19th. Miami has also overtaken Philadelphia for second place in the NL East; the Phillies currently rank 13th.
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