Game 1 is Friday night in Los Angeles.
The Rockies opened the season 44-26, but had to play some tense games down the stretch after faltering the second half of the season. They made it, finishing 87-75, a game ahead of Milwaukee, which gave them an N.L. wild-card spot and a berth in their first postseason game in eight years.
For the playoff game between N.L. West rivals, Colorado had Jon Gray, their right-hander on the mound with a lineup that included a pair of N.L. M.V.P. contenders — Arenado and Charlie Blackmon, the N.L. batting champion. Carlos Gonzalez also had rounded into form after struggling much of the season, finding his stroke just before the playoffs in what could be his final season in the Mile High City.
Their hopes of advancing appeared to end quickly as Gray struggled locating pitches in the shortest postseason start in franchise history. Goldschmidt ended his 0-for-11 career streak against him with a three-run homer in the first…