The Colorado Rockies had a chance to get into the playoffs at the beginning of September, but they needed help. Unfortunately, they didn’t get that help as their playoff chances are all but dead.
The Colorado Rockies had a shot to make the playoffs even as division winners to begin September. However, the chances of that happening were slim due to the lead the Los Angeles Dodgers had. Their best shot was as a wild card team, but they needed help to get in that way.
The Rockies have been behind the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins for the wild card spot. They still have a chance, but it is very thin. With only nine games left on their schedule, the Colorado Rockies sit eight games back.
On September 19th, they were entering a series of games that would ultimately determine their fates. They had a three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals where they needed to win all three games. Following that, they have a three game series with the Dodgers.
Only one of the three games against the Dodgers has been played so far and that was a loss. They also dropped two of the three against the St. Louis Cardinals. Their lone win was an 11-1 route of the Cardinals, but it mattered little. By that point, they Rockies season was all but done.
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To make it still, they would need to win out, while the teams ahead of them lose the rest of their games. The odds of that happening are very low and unlikely. This effectively ends their season, but they still can ruin the seasons of others.
With a three game series against the Giants coming up, the Rockies can hurt their playoff chances. They can play the spoiler. The Giants have nine games left, but only one game up on the Cardinals in the wild card race.
If the Rockies win all three of their games against the Giants, the Giants will have a hard time to bounce back. After the three game series between the Colorado Rockies and the Giants, the Giants have a three game series against the Dodgers. Play the spoiler, Rockies, win those three games.
In the end, the season has been a bit of a disappointment for the Rockies, but they have had some bright spots that gives them and their fans a hope for the future. Who knows what they will do next year, but they have some talented young players and can surprise people.
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Their biggest bright spot would be Trevor Story, who made fans excited to start the season. Then injuries took their toll and Story hasn’t played since July 30th. Story managed to hit 27 home runs in the 97 games that he played. He also batted in 72 runs in that same time.
Pitcher Chad Bettis has been another who went 13-7 so far this season. He pitched one complete game and a shutout, which came on September 5th against the Giants. Bettis went 13-7, but pitched in 30 games, 20 of which were wins for the Rockies.
Those are just two of their bright spot players. If they take this play into next year, the Colorado Rockies could end up being competing. Next year they will have other players emerge, and hopefully their young guys getting better.