Rockies travel to take on Red Sox for series opener

By Pat Graham

DENVER – Now that they know their opponent, the Rox are ready to take on the Sox.

“We’re under the radar. It’s being billed as a David and Goliath situation. But that’s OK,” Colorado Rockies reliever Matt Herges said Monday. “We’re as confident as anybody, we’re as hot as anybody. We think we’re as good as anybody.”

Colorado’s eight-day wait is almost over. After Monday’s workout at Coors Field, the Rockies headed to Boston. They’ll work out Tuesday at Fenway Park, where the World Series opens the following night.

Both teams are hot, as pennant winners should be. The Rockies, in the World Series for the first time, have won 21 of 22. Boston completed its comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the AL championship series against Cleveland with an 11-2 victory in Game 7 Sunday night.

Colorado took two of three at Fenway Park in June, outscoring the Red Sox 20-5. The Rockies roughed up both Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling, scoring 12 runs in 10 innings off the pair.

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“That at least gives us some familiarity,” outfielder Matt Holliday said. “But that doesn’t mean anything in the World Series.”

Ryan Spilborghs credits that trip for alleviating some of the jitters as the Rockies prepare to visit Fenway Park again. Rockies players did some sightseeing around Boston when they were there during the regular season and even signed their names inside the Green Monster.

“We’re not going to be awe-struck by the field,” Spilborghs said. “We’re not going to be shocked by the size of the locker room or the narrow alleys or by any of the field’s quirks. We’ve been there, we’ve played well there. We played with the fans yelling at us. It’s not going to be new.”

That’s not entirely the case. Herges wasn’t up with the team when the Rockies made the trip to Boston.

“Everyone says there’s nothing like Fenway,” said Herges, who has given up just one hit in 3 2-3 innings in the postseason. “I can only imagine having watched on television. It’s just nice to know who we’re playing. It’s going to be fun.”