The Rockies may be well out of the playoff hunt but that hasn't stopped them from playing spoiler for some National League Wild Card contenders in the second half of August.
After going 5-2 against the Reds and Marlins over the past week, the Rockies opened up their series in San Francisco by dishing out a 3-2 defeat to the Giants.
The loss prevented the Wild Card-contending Giants from moving 1 1/2 games up in the second slot over the Braves with Atlanta having Monday off.
Judging by Nolan Arenado's remarks before the game, it seems the Rockies would find great joy in seeing the Braves jump the Giants before this series is over.
"We're in a position to where we can ruin their season," Arenado said. "It's not the nicest thing or greatest thing to say, but it is what it is. That's just the position we're in. We don't want to go out and just lose. We want to win and we want to ruin it for them and carry this on to next year, a little momentum."
The Rockies will look to carry over Monday's momentum when their ace takes the mound for Game 2.
Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa hasn't been exactly sharp against the Giants this season (nine runs in 15 1/3 innings) but he's gone at least six innings in his last 11 starts dating back to June 24.
He'll be countered by left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who has been just as sharp this month. In four August starts, the fellow ace has compiled a 2-1 record and a 2.03 ERA.
Much like De La Rosa, though, Bumgarner hasn't found much success against his scheduled opposition of late, with a 4.33 ERA and a 1-1 record against the Rockies this season.
Rockies: Rosario rests wrist for third straight day
Catcher Wilin Rosario was unable to return to the lineup as hoped Monday and instead missed his third straight game with a sore left wrist.
Rosario was scheduled to test the injury in the batting cages Monday with the hopes of starting but apparently the session didn't go as well as hoped. Although Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Rosario was available as a pinch-hitter if needed, he did not make an appearance.
"It's not easy to play with this," Rosario said before the Rockies' 3-2 victory Monday. "It was my hand, the one that holds the glove and everything. ... When I'm catching, I don't feel that bad. It's when I try to swing. I swing hard and I think that's one of the big reasons."
Rosario is batting .248 this season. His 10 home runs and 43 RBIs are on pace to be the lowest totals he's posted since his rookie year in 2011.
Giants: Bochy looking to climb wins list against Rockies
Manager Bruce Bochy is approaching a milestone. If the Giants can at least split the series against Colorado, Bochy would eclipse the 1,600-win total for his 20-year managerial career as he currently rests at 1,598.
With two more wins, he'll also surpass Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda for sole possession of 19th place on the all-time victories list.
Fellow Hall of Famer Fred Clarke isn't too far up that list either with 1,602 wins, so it's likely Bochy is at least sitting by himself with the 18th-most wins all time by the time the season is over.
• Arenado took home National League Player of the Week honors Monday after leading the Majors with a 1.045 on-base plus slugging percentage over the last seven days. He was the second straight Rockies player to receive the recognition over the past two weeks, following in Corey Dickerson's footsteps.
• After Monday's 2-for-3 performance, Giants outfielder Hunter Pence has hit safely in 12 of 13 games against the Rockies this season with four home runs, seven RBIs and 12 runs scored.
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.