Tracy won't rest Rockies starters in LA
With NL West title on line, manager uses regular lineup
LOS ANGELES -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Friday he's not going to concede the National League West to the Dodgers as he plans on playing his normal lineup all weekend in an effort to sweep Los Angeles and win the division.
Tracy had the option to rest his players during the three-game series after the Rockies clinched a playoff berth with their win on Thursday, but he penciled in his usual lineup for Friday's game with ace Ubaldo Jimenez taking the mound as well.
"It's much easier said than done, beating this club three times, but I promise you this -- I have enough respect for the game that I'm not going to allow another team to win the division piecemealing a lineup together," Tracy said before Friday's game.
With a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium, the Rockies could become the first team in baseball history to overcome a 15 1/2-game deficit and win a division. It would also mark the franchise's first division title in its 17-year history.
"If you looked back in May when we were 15 1/2 games back, who would have thought we would have three games and if we sweep we'd win the division?" Tracy said. "I think that says everything about all the different terms I use about this team such as unselfishness, resiliency and refusing to get beat."
It would also be special for Tracy because he was the Dodgers' manager for five seasons from 2001-05, and he has fond memories of his time with that franchise, including leading Los Angeles to the NL West title in 2004.
But Tracy said getting revenge against his former team isn't on his mind this weekend, although he'd love to sweep the Dodgers and win the division outright.
"I don't have a vendetta or anything," Tracy said. "That's not the person I am. But I do like to win, I'll tell you that. Just to be back here and be in the position to win is as gratifying as anything."
Tracy, though, still hasn't named his starter for Sunday's game with Jorge De La Rosa scheduled to go on Saturday. He also said that Jimenez, who started Friday, likely will get the nod in the first game of the NL Division Series on Wednesday.
"That'll come to you over the next couple days, but the guy that is pitching tonight is most likely to go Wednesday," Tracy said.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.