What a Difference Two Years Makes

In 2007 the Arizona Diamondbacks were involved in one of the great runs in franchise history. While their offense was somewhat pedestrian and their run differential was negative, the team found a way to win close games and as September rolled around they found themselves in the midst of a pennant race.

The Colorado Rockies struggled through most of the 2007 season but during the last month of the season they became the hottest team in baseball literally sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers play-off hopes under the rug in route to a wildcard berth.

The Diamondbacks would make quick work of the Chicago Cubs in the divisional series and would then host the Colorado Rockies who had beaten the Philadelphia Phillies to advance to the National League Championship Series. The Diamondbacks could not recapture the magic they had during the season and the Rockies would sweep the Diamondbacks for their first World Series appearance in franchise history. They would lose to the Boston Red Sox but the Rockies were the feel good story of 2007.

Both teams would go into 2008 with high expectations. The Diamondbacks would start strong and lead the National League Western Division for most of the season before the Los Angeles Dodgers would overtake them in September. The Rockies would struggle and never really regain the form that they had in 2007 finishing third behind the Diamondbacks.

This season both the Diamondbacks and Rockies struggled mightily during the first six weeks of the season. Both teams would make managerial changes before the mid-point of the season. The Diamondbacks would continue to struggle fighting to stay out of the NL West cellar. The Rockies on the other hand made the most of their change and went on a run similar to 2007.

The result has been that the Diamondbacks basically have lost a season and are now looking towards 2010 to again become competitive. The Rockies find themselves just three and one-half games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and leading the National League Wildcard race.

It seems like ages ago that these two teams played each other in a meaningful series that had implications for each club. Hopefully those days will return soon. If history has shown us anything it is that things can change dramatically in a short period of time.


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