Now we get to see what eight days off does to the otherworldly momentum which helped them destroy the Phillies and then the D-backs. My guess is that they'll be just fine.
And speaking of momentum, the last play of the game, while obviously unimportant in the grand scheme of things, bugged me all the same:
Eric Byrnes followed with a checked-swing grounder that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki charged. His throw beat Byrnes' headfirst dive, and Helton threw his arms in the air, a decade of disappointment finally forgotten.
If I was a manager I'd fine any player who willingly gave up the speed and momentum of a dead run through the first base bag in favor of a dive which, under every single circumstance, adds to, rather than shortens the time it takes a player to get to the bag.