Jul 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; A general view during the national anthem before the game between the Colorado Rockies and the Atlanta Braves at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
These two Colorado Rockies may not have factored into the first half as much as they would’ve liked, but they’ll break out after the All Star Break.
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The Colorado Rockies had a pretty bad first half, so don’t be fooled by the 39-49 record at the break; until their unlikely four-game winning streak to end the first half of the season, this club was 14 games under .500 and wasn’t pitching at all. Enter: the Atlanta Braves, and all of a sudden, the Rockies are only (only? um…) ten games under .500. A good series in San Diego this weekend, and they’ve got a legitimate shot to not be in last place in the National League West any more.
But forget all that. The Rockies aren’t playing to make a run on the playoffs in this second half. As Michelle Stalnaker notes, there are things to look forward to in Denver this second half — and ain’t none of ’em have a thing to do with the standings.
As such, it’s time for Walt Weiss and the Rox to spread some playing time love around, let younger players develop, and figure out what works and what doesn’t in preparation for 2016. The next 70+ games could really benefit the Rockies in that regard. No pressure, right?
Related to that: two guys will break out for the Rockies this summer. One due to more playing time thanks to a (potential) trade, and the other one, well, you can probably guess who it’s gonna be.
To the players we go!
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