Nolan Arenado ended Colorado's scoreless streak at 23 innings with a solo homer, and the Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 on Friday night.
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Rockies have little breathing room
The Rockies' shutout loss at San Diego has put them just above even money for the second wild-card berth. Meanwhile, the Brewers failed to capitalize with an extra-inning loss to the Cubs. The Cardinals were the main beneficiary after a win, picking up a game on each.
If the Rockies make the playoffs, they'll have to go through a wild-card game. If they survive that, they'll have to prepare for a series. Outside of Jon Gray and German Marquez, who starts?
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The Padres play spoiler, shutting out the Rockies as Clayton Richard and two relievers combine for 12 strikeouts. The Rockies are shut out for the second straight day and lose their fourth in a row as they drop to 0-3 on what was supposed to be an easy road trip to San Francisco and San Diego. Those road hitting blues are sneaking up at the wrong time. Also sneaking up: The Cardinals, who take advantage of Rockies and Brewers losses to inch 1.5 games behind the Rockies for the second wild card.
The Colorado Rockies stumbled again as they try to protect their tenuous hold on the NL's second wild card, losing 3-0 Thursday night to a San Diego Padres team powered by veteran left-hander Clayton Richard and rookie slugger Christian Villanueva.
Cardinals make up ground
St. Louis saw its chances at a wild-card berth jump after Wednesday with a win and losses by both the Brewers and Rockies.
Buster Olney recaps Wednesday's MLB action, including a terrible moment at Yankee Stadium, Chris Sale's 300th K and the battle of attrition in the NL wild-card chase.
The Rockies have held a playoff position since April 14, and they're safe for at least another couple of days after the Brewers also lost Wednesday. Who is to blame if Colorado misses the postseason?
William Weinbaum ESPN
The frightful Yankee Stadium episode Wed. in which a little girl was injured by a foul ball calls to mind the ongoing concerns of Mandy Coolbaugh, whose husband Mike -- a minor league first-base coach -- was killed 7/22/07 on a liner that struck him in the neck. She says when she and their two toddler sons attended Mike's games, he insisted that they stay in an area with protective netting and that she advocates extending netting at ballparks.
Colorado starter Tyler Chatwood dug himself an early hole against the Giants and now the Rockies' lead for the second NL wild card is in jeopardy after a 4-0 loss to last-place San Francisco on Wednesday, the club's third straight defeat.
The Rockies may not be able to find a spot for Ian Desmond with the team getting better production out of Mark Reynolds and Gerardo Parra.
Angry that Zack Greinke refused to sign an autograph for him, Rockies reliever Pat Neshek blasted the Diamondbacks ace on a message board, writing that Greinke backed out on a promise he made at the All-Star Game.
Rockies' wild-card grip slipping?
Arizona is all but locked into a spot, but Colorado has opened the window after being in position all season. FiveThirtyEight's metrics give the Brewers about 3-to-1 odds to claim the final wild-card berth, with an outside chance for the Cardinals to sneak in.
Nolan Arenado is one of the NL's best MVP candidates on a playoff-contending team. But Charlie Blackmon is so close to him that it may hurt his candidacy.
A's 3B Matt Chapman talks to Buster Olney about his stellar defensive play at the hot corner this season, his lifelong friendship with Nolan Arenado and much more.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The Brewers aren't gaining ground on the Cubs, who have won seven in a row, but they have gained ground on the Rockies. It was a bit of a bad-luck loss for Colorado. The Giants beat the Rockies with a run in the ninth, thanks to an infield hit, a bunt single and an opposite-field groundball. The Brewers (8-2 in their past 10 games) are now just a game behind the Rockies for the second wild card. With the Cardinals lurking 3.5 back.
Charlie Blackmon had a two-run double in the second inning for his first career 200-hit season, but the contending Colorado Rockies couldn't hold the early lead and lost 4-3 to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Together, they have Colorado nearing a postseason return -- but only one can be the team's most valuable player. We go inside the case for each star.
Among all the names in contention, perhaps Nolan Arenado has the best chance to do something dramatic in the final days of the season to help the Rockies clinch a playoff spot and boost his candidacy.
Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
There's always an out-of-nowhere pitcher responsible for winning fantasy baseball owners their championships. I nominate German Marquez, whose three matchups currently align as @SF, @SD, LAD. He's 26.3 percent owned in ESPN leagues and is unlikely to be a popular add, criticized as "fatigued" for his poor past two outings. I trust Marquez's underrated stuff taking charge in these final two weeks.