The Colorado Rockies had a chance for the playoffs just weeks ago. Now those chances might be slipping away.
A few weeks ago, the Colorado Rockies hit that point where their play has to improve in order to compete for a playoff spot. The playoffs were not out of the picture just yet, but they couldn’t afford to be inconsistent with their play and lose many games.
Now, the playoffs might be out of reach. They have thirteen games to overcome a 12.5 game deficit for the division title. Winning their division has been a long shot since the start of September, but not is pretty much impossible.
Their way in will have to come in as a wild card, but that won’t be an easy task either. With only 13 games left, the Rockies sit seven games behind in the wild card race. With who they have left to play, they can really cut into that lead some.
Currently the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants are two of the five teams ahead of the Colorado Rockies in the wild card race. They have six games against those two teams, three each. The three game series against the Cardinals starts on September 19th.
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If the Rockies can win those three games, they get a lot closer to a wild card spot. However, the ball isn’t just in their court. Not only do the Rockies have to win, they need the Giants to lose as the Giants sit as the #2 team for the wild card one game playoff to make the playoffs.
Following the games against the Cardinals, the Colorado Rockies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers, their division leaders. It is a four game series, and the Rockies actually have the winning record in the season series between these two teams. The Rockies can’t afford to lose any games this series.
After that the Colorado Rockies have a one day break before taking on the Giants in a three game series. At this point, depending on what happens with the Cardinals and Dodgers, the Rockies very well could be eliminated from the playoffs.
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The only real hope for the Rockies is to win their next seven games. Doing so would cut into the lead these other teams have. If they somehow manage to do that, the three game series against the Giants could play a huge part in deciding who has the one game playoff for the wild card spot.
In their last ten games, the Colorado Rockies went 5-5. That was something they really had to avoid to keep their playoff chances alive and well. Right now they are on life support and it will take a miracle for them to make it.
Expect the Colorado Rockies to look towards their hot hand at pitcher Jon Gray who has a season record of 10-8. However he has been fantastic as of late, especially his last game even though he carries a 2-3 record in his last seven games. Chad Bettis is another pitcher who has been hot as of late and carries a 3-1 record in his last seven, with a 13-7 record on the season.
Time is running out, but there is still time. However, it very well may be too little too late for these Colorado Rockies.