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October? More Like Rocktober!

You know what today is? Today is the 3rd of the month. Do you know what month it is? It’s October. JUST KIDDING! It’s #ROCKTOBER! That’s right. There’s no such thing as October anymore, it’s Rocktober. Move aside, orange. Purple is the new wave of October colors now. Move over, Halloween, the Colorado Rockies have just stolen your month and rode away on their broomsticks.

Last Night’s Wild Card Game:

Last night, the Colorado Rockies defeated the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in a very close game that took 13 innings and 5 hours to decide.

If you were looking for offense, then I’m sorry, but this was not the game for you. Both teams combined for a hit total of just 17 hits in 13 innings. Colorado got off to a hot start, scoring in the first inning, and the Cubs eventually tied it in the 8th. From that point on, it was a shitshow from an offensive standpoint as no team scored until the top of the 13th, when the Rockies scored the eventual game-winning run on a Tony Wolters pinch-hit RBI single. The Rockies had a total of 11 hits, while the Cubs only had 6. Talk about a lack of offense: Chicago had one of the worst hitting performances in a playoff game that I have ever seen in my entire life. Somewhat unsurprising for a team that was batting .239 since the start of September, but the postseason is always different.

The Chicago Cubs:

The Cubs were plagued all year with injuries and off-the-field issues (ie. Addison Russell). The only bright spots for the Cubs this year were Joe Maddon’s coaching, Jon Lester’s pitching performances, and Javy Baez’ MVP-like season. While Baez had an incredible season and I love the guy to death, there’s no way you can give the MVP to him over Christian Yelich, especially after this very early playoff exit.

The Cubs had a disappointing season. After being one of the hottest teams in the National League during the first half of the season, we can officially call this a choke. Last year, they made it to their 3 straight NLCS’, but now Chicago fans will have to wait until next season to let their playoff hopes glimmer again. Sorry, you’ll have to wait til next year to #FlyTheW.

I think that GM Theo Epstein will have a very different roster for the 2019 season. With contracts up, veteran players that are at the end of their careers, and the superstars to build around for the next couple of years, I think Cubs fans see a very different team in the 2019 season.

The Colorado Rockies:

The Rockies have been playing their best baseball towards the end of the season. Being one of the hottest teams in the second half, the Mile High baseball club has sparked a lot of excitement in Denver.  With their star-powered offensive lineup, very underrated starting pitching, and strong bullpen, the Rockies are definitely a team to beat in the National League. I don’t know if they will make it to the NLCS and knock off the Brewers, but they certainly have the team to do so. Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado are such big components in this Rockies lineup and they all compliment each other extremely well. I see the Rockies making a huge run in these playoffs if they can knock off the Brew Crew. Will we have a repeat of the 2007 World Series? Boston vs. Colorado? That would be a very fun series to watch.

CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 02: Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) and teammate Ryan McMahon (24) celebrate their 2-1 13 inning victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field during the NL West Wild Card playoff game October 02, 2018. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

Speaking of 2007 and #Rocktober, did you know that the Rockies trademarked the catchphrase and hashtag “Rocktober” after they achieved greatness by winning the National League pennant in 2007? The very likable saying was trademarked by the team that year, and has been catching heat this past couple of weeks with the anticipation of a big run in the month of October by the Rockies. While every team has a special hashtag and catchphrase that is used throughout the playoffs, the Rockies certainly have one of the best ones. The Rockies are a very likable team and will continue to turn heads in the playoffs.

That’s simply a fact! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter– @jcmoore19

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