The Rockies are still hanging around. No one in San Diego should be surprised by it. While it may not feel like 2007, victories here the last two days have Colorado 5.5 games out of first place. The Padres are 9-2 against the Giants, but they are 4-10 against the Rockies. In the 14 games, the Rockies averaged 5.6 runs. Colorado has won all three series in San Diego.
"In this division, teams have (a) certain team's number," said Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who wears No. 2. "That's just how things fall sometimes. Take nothing away from (the Padres). That's a great team. They are in first place for a reason."
Sunday's matchup sets up like the Padres-Rockies final game before the All-Star Break, July 11. The Padres were reeling. The Rockies were charging. The Padres responded with a comeback victory at Denver. Without it, the teams would've been tied at the break. The Padres were 50-37 entering that day. They would climb to 76-49. Now they're 76-58.