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Rockies still in the hunt, Broncos ready for regular season
La Voz Photo by Daryl Padilla

By Brandon Rivera

The Colorado Rockies are hanging on to a one game lead over the L.A. Dodgers for second in the National Leagues West and are just a single game out of first with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Colorado beat the San Diego Padres two games to one in their three game series last week before hosting the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. The Rockies are fighting for the last Wild Card spot at the moment a battle that both the Cardinals and Milwaukee currently hold.

While the Rockies are still fighting for their first division title they must also keep pace with St. Louis and Milwaukee should the Diamondbacks remain at the top of the division.

On Monday the Rockies begin a two-game series with the L.A. Angels in Anaheim and were beat 10-7. At the time of this writing Colorado and L.A. were scheduled to play game two in Anaheim at 8:07 p.m. MST on Tuesday. If the Rockies can get this win against the Angels they’ll return home this Thursday to host the San Diego Padres once again in a four-game series that wraps up on Sunday.

Last week the Rockies picked up a familiar face and hometown favorite Matt Holiday. Holiday was down in Albuquerque with the Isotopes before getting the call and joining the Rockies for their series against the Cardinals over the weekend. On Saturday, Holiday pinched hit in the 7th and delivered on a solo shot homer which ignited the Rockies offense.

In other sports the Denver Broncos won their first preseason game on Friday night when the Broncos traveled to Washington to face the Redskins. The Broncos jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter before the Redskins chalked up three to match Denver’s second quarter touchdown giving them a 17-3 halftime lead. In the 3rd and 4th quarters the Broncos added four field goals while the Redskins added a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter with the final score of 29-17.

The Broncos have one last preseason game in Phoenix this Thursday night at 8 p.m. to face the Cardinals and the Broncos have already announced that the number two guy behind the helm, Chad Kelly will be starting for the Broncos. This is likely Kelly’s final audition for the number two spot before parting ways with Paxton Lynch a player Denver with so much promise.

Lynch is on the bubble after failing to hold top spot positioning in the peck and order. Lynch who was Denver’s first round pick in 2016 has played and has a combined passing yard total of 792 with four touchdowns and four interceptions. Lynch was highly praised by the Broncos coaching staff for his size and ability to move in and out of the pocket, however; Lynch hasn’t really shown progression or at least enough to render a decision in his favor.

Kelly on the other hand has been a fan favorite and is gaining a reputation for showing up first at the facility each morning. After Friday’s game Coach Vance Joseph was asked whether or not Kelly had potential to be a regular season quarterback, Joseph had this to say, “We’ll see. We play one more game next week and Chad should play a lot more. So that’s yet to be determined.” Regardless of who’s under center, the fans are excited to see what the 2018-19 season has to offer.

The Broncos also picked up veteran cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones to add to an already talented secondary. Jones brings experience and some potential leadership to a young defense in need of more leadership.





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