The Colorado Rockies completed their 81st game of the 2017 season on Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco with a 5-3 loss to the Giants. The loss was Colorado’s eighth consecutive defeat.
Now officially at the halfway point of the season, it’s a good time to look back on the first half of the campaign and see what has gone right … and not-so-right for the Rockies.
Of course, there has been a lot more good than bad in the first half of the season, despite the tough-to-watch recent losing streak that has tumbled the Rockies out of the top two spots in the National League West. While recent games have been brutal to say the least, if you had a time machine and could go back to spring training and tell yourself the Rockies would have 47 wins at the halfway point and be in such a good position to make the postseason, you probably would have accepted those results.
And think about this … the impressive first half of the season was accomplished with Jon Gray making only three starts, David Dahl never even seeing the field and Trevor Story and Carlos Gonzalez each battling through season-long slumps. That’s an accomplishment in and of itself.
So what stands out about the first half of the season? Let’s take a look back at some of the hits and misses from the first 81 games.