Tracy wary of September hot streaks

Tracy wary of September hot streaks

ATLANTA -- One of baseball's most commonly held beliefs is September results can often be a mirage for teams out of the pennant race. With so many young players playing against each other with nothing to lose and trying to make a case for a job next year, hot streaks can often be blown out of proportion.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy said he always is wary of September success, especially when they happen against teams out of playoff contention.

"You need to be really careful," Tracy said. "You can really be misled. I would rather play against a club that had everything on the line day in and day out."

The Rockies will get that opportunity this week when they play a four-game series against the Braves, who lead the National League Wild Card race. Tracy is excited to see what his team can do.

Tracy said the Rockies' remaining series against the Braves, Giants and Dodgers will provide them with experience that can't be simulated at any level of baseball.

"To get an opportunity to play in a series against a club that is fighting for an opportunity to play very significant games in the month of October, you can't simulate that," Tracy said. "I'm very excited about it. I think it's going to increase and enhance the progress we've made with them up to this point."