What’s next for the Colorado Rockies?
Playoff chances still unpredictable
The Rockies are in an interesting place heading into October. They are in striking distance to take the NL West, but at the same time so are the Diamondbacks and Dodgers.
At this point, there is still a chance that all three of these teams could make it into the playoffs like last season, but with the Cubs, Brewers, and Cardinals possessing better records in the NL Central, it is still anyone’s game when it comes to the postseason for four of those six teams.
Colorado has had ups and downs this season when it comes to wins, but their roster has been impeccable.
Both Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story are among the league leaders in home runs and RBIs. Wade Davis and Kyle Freeland have also been a great help for the team.
Still, there is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed. Since the middle of the season it has been fair to say the Rockies have had a problem with consistency.
They are currently fluctuating between first and second place as a result of the lack of consistency.
Of the remaining four series left in the season, two are against division rivals. The Rockies need hitting and pitching consistency to achieve an NL title.
At the moment, it is unclear whether the Rockies will take the pennant for the first time since 2007 or even make the playoffs at all.
The Rockies, Diamondbacks, and Dodgers all have the underlying problem of inconsistency.
All three of these teams have had impressive winning streaks and painful losing streaks throughout the season, making it very hard to predict exactly where they will end up in the next month.
The fact that the Rockies have been teetering between a .50 and a .57 winning percentage almost the entire season makes it even harder to know what will or will not happen come October.
The rest of the schedule for the Rockies consists of a three-game series against the Dodgers, a three-game series against the Diamondbacks, a four-game series against the Phillies, and a three-game series against the Nationals.
The Rockies are 7-10 against the Dodgers this season, 8-8 against the Diamondbacks, 3-1 against the Nationals, and 1-2 against the Phillies.
Baseball is a game of statistics, but even after looking at some of the numbers, the answer is still up in the air.
The remaining games on the schedule for both the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are all against teams in the division.
Overall, it is likely the Rockies can go far in the playoffs. The only question is if they will do it. It seems like everything could be up in the air this October, but if the talent they have on the roster lives up to their potential, they could make it to the World Series.
If the Rockies continue to play the way they did in May or July, they will have a very memorable postseason.