The Rockies clinched a playoff spot yesterday at Coors Field by defeating the Brewers 9-2. Their win eliminated the playoff hopes of the Braves. If the Rockies sweep the Dodgers in Los Angeles, they would become the NL West champion. A Rockies sweep would cause the Dodgers to settle for the NL Wild Card spot. The Rockies were 18-28 when longtime manager Clint Hurdle was fired in late May. With new manager Jim Tracy at the helm, the Rockies won their first two games and then lost in four in a row. That was the low point of the season with the Rockies 20-32 and 12 games under .500. On June 3 they were 15-and-a-half games behind the Dodgers, and they were the closest to being eliminated on that date with a magic number of 94. Then the Rockies started rolling and won 17 of their next 18 games ...
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