Just days from the trade deadline, the Rockies are playing red-hot baseball. Obviously, this makes things tough (in a good way) for the team’s front office.
The Colorado Rockies upset the New York Mets on Friday, winning 6-1 on the road. It was the team’s eighth win in their last nine games.
The Rox are now 51-52, just a single game from .500 and only 5 games back in the National League’s wild card race.
On Tuesday of this week, based on their computer models, Nate Silver’s website gave the Rockies just a 2% chance of making the MLB postseason. Those odds have now jumped to 7% and another win or two over the Mets this weekend could REALLY shake things up!
With the MLB’s trade deadline looming, we have way more questions than answers at this point.
“We’re just trying to win as many games to make those (trade) decisions difficult,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said last Monday.
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Well, I’d say “mission accomplished” on that front!
Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood allowed just a single run and only three hits on Friday night, while walking four and striking out four.
He is now the first pitcher in team history to win his first six road decisions in a season.
“It just happens to be that way this year,” Chatwood said. “My two-seamer has got a little more depth on the road, which is big for me. That’s the pitch I throw the most. It helps to have that. Overall, it’s executing pitches, and I haven’t executed at home as I have on the road.”
The Deadline Looms
It was assumed that the team would seriously entertain offers for center fielder Charlie Blackmon, but should they? Is now the right time to move Carlos Gonzalez in order to get maximum value for a player who only has one year left on his deal?
Or should the team be buying, rather than selling?
What moves do you think the Rockies ought to make in the next couple of days? Sound off in the comments below!