The baseball regular season is coming to a close soon, and the Colorado Rockies are in the middle of the pack. Can they push for a playoff spot, or will they be at home in October?
The regular season for Baseball ends at the beginning of October, so there is only less than a month left. The Colorado Rockies are sitting in the middle of the pack, but could they make a push for the playoffs? They have 21 games left to try to get a spot.
In their division, the Rockies now sit at the #3 spot, and 11.5 games behind the Los Angles Dodgers in first place. With 21 games left, it is a long shot that the Rockies can overcome that deficit. Dodgers have a solid team and sit at #3 in the National league.
The best way for the Rockies to make the playoffs would be as a wildcard, where they are only 7 games behind. That is much more doable, especially when 10 of their 21 games come from teams ahead of them in the standings.
The first step is a three game series against the San Diego Padres. Rockies are ten games up on the Padres. The series is at 4-3 for the Rockies so far, they need to improve that to 7-3 to really help themselves fight for a playoff spot. Rockies are a better team and need to play like it. Even though they have the series so far they have been outscored 33 to 30, and lost one game 14-1.
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As stated, if the Rockies want to make the playoffs, the Padres are just the first step. They haven’t played very well against them so far, and that needs to change. After the Padres, the road gets even harder for the Rockies.
Next up they have a three game series at home against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals will have a lot to play for as they are fighting for a playoff spot and a lot closer to one than the Rockies. They sit only a half game behind for a wild card spot.
So there is no doubt the Cardinals, especially in front of their fans, won’t be going as hard as possible against the Rockies. This may be the toughest series for the Rockies and will ultimately decide if they can make the playoffs or not.
Just after the Cardinals is a four game series against the Dodgers. By this point the Dodgers may be sitting pretty in the division, but they won’t go easy on the Rockies no matter how they’re sitting. However, this is a series that the Colorado Rockies have controlled.
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Not only do the Rockies have the series so far this season (4-3), but they have outscored the Dodgers 45 to 21. The last four games between these two teams will be fun to watch, especially if the Rockies are still fighting for a playoff spot and Dodgers fighting to stay in control of the division.
By this point the playoffs should be set, or close to it. However, Rockies could still be in it with a last chance to get in. One of the teams ahead of them in the wild card standings is the San Francisco Giants, who they have a three game series in San Francisco as their second to last series on the season.
Both teams are currently fighting for a wild card spot, and Giants pushing for the division. It is unfortunate that the Colorado Rockies have to take on the Cardinals, Dodgers and Giants in a row. 10 games in 11 days against those three teams, before closing the season against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Is there a chance for the Colorado Rockies? Of course, but it isn’t an easy road. For a young team, it very well may be too hard for them to overcome the 7 games behind to get into the one game playoff for wild card teams. Even if they manage, that game will be tough for them. Fans can only sit and wait to see what happens.