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The New Enemy

It's all decided, starting Thursday the NLCS will feature two NL West teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and their rivals, the Colorado Rockies.

The D'backs are 8-10 against the Rockies this year, though that might be a bit skewed with the D'backs laying down the last two games after clinching a playoff spot.

That doesn't mean the Rockheads aren't a dangerous team, though.  If you think the D'backs are scrappy and playing above their heads, then take a look at Colorado.  They've won 18 of the last 19, streaking into the playoffs and sweeping the Phillies.  The offense is scary good, and the defense nearly airtight.  The only question mark is the pitching, which has stepped and gotten the job done.  They're a team that doesn't realize they shouldn't be still playing.

Hopefully the longer layoff this time will screw up the Rockies' rhythm, and they'll revert back to their normal form from earlier this year.  Let's be honest, the team was hovering .500 for most of the year and then broke out in September.  So will they be able to continue their success, or will they come back to earth when they have to face much tougher pitching in Phoenix?

Another question mark to me is who they played.  The Phillies are by no stretch of the imagination a bad team, but both the Phils and the Rockies had to play out of their minds just to get to the playoffs.  Does this mean that the Rockies were just beating up on a team that was already gassed, and if so, will the better rested D'backs be able to win out?

This Rockies' team makes me nervous for no reason other than they're an unknown entity.  If the good Rockies show up, will the D'backs be able to keep up?  Or was it all mirage?  We'll only know come Thursday.

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