Notes: Rox not trusting history vs. Webb
Club's prior success against D-backs ace not going to its head
DENVER -- Ask Rockies right fielder Brad Hawpe about his success against Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb and he speaks quietly, as if not to rile the defending Cy Young Award winner.
He needn't shout. Going into Friday night's National League West showdown, Hawpe was 7-for-12 (.583) with three home runs and 10 RBIs off Webb this season and .314 with four homers and 11 RBIs over his career.
Hawpe's numbers and the fact Webb enters with an 0-3 record and a 6.47 ERA in five starts against the Rockies this season speaks loud enough. But Hawpe knows better than to shout from the Rocky Mountaintops. Going into this season, Hawpe was 4-for-23 with one homer against Webb.
"I don't read too much into my numbers against him," Hawpe said. "He's tough. There aren't too many hits out there against him. The fact that we do take good swings against him notwithstanding, it's still a challenge."
Hawpe is one of five left-handed hitters in the Rockies' lineup, counting switch-hitting leadoff man Kazuo Matsui and Rockies starting pitcher Jeff Francis. Except for Francis, all of the lefty hitters except Francis (who is hitless) are have career averages better than .300 against Webb.
Matsui's is at .409 in 22 at-bats. First baseman Todd Helton, hitting cleanup, is at .313 with two homers in 48 at-bats. Center fielder Cory Sullivan is batting .375, but in just eight at-bats.
Hawpe said that the Rockies hitters just have to be alert.
"Someone like him, those ace guys, they've got a lot of movement and deception," Hawpe said. "You're not going to get many mistakes. That's why they're so good. So look for something over the plate, hope for something over the middle, but be ready to adjust."
Streaking into history: The Rockies' 11-game win streak, going into Friday night, is the longest in the Majors this season. The best way, though, for the Rockies to assure themselves of at least a showdown game to make the playoffs, however, is to win all three against the Diamondbacks.
How rare are 14-game win streaks to finish the regular season? Just twice has a team gone unbeaten in more than 12 games to finish a year -- the 1960 Yankees, who took 15 straight, and the 1887 Philadelphia Quakers, who won 16 and tied one other.
Also, the Rockies and Cubs are bidding to become the sixth and seventh teams in history to come from at least nine games below .500 to make the playoffs. All have happened since the Wild Card was instituted in 1995.
The others were the 2005 Astros, who came from 15 down in 2005 and lost in the World Series; the 2003 Marlins, who went from 10 down to World Series champs; the 2001 Athletics, who lost in the American League Division Series; the 1996 Cardinals, who fell in the NL Championship Series and the 1995 Yankees, who lost in the ALDS.
Up next: Left-hander Mark Redman (1-4, 8.67), who is 1-0 with a 4.30 ERA in four games, including two starts, for the Rockies, will face Diamondbacks righty Edgar Gonzalez (8-3, 4.73) on Saturday at 6:05 p.m MT.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.