The Colorado Rockies begin a critical three-game homestand on Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It begins a 29-game stretch to end the season where the Rockies will play 26 of their final 29 games against foes from the National League West. Fourteen of those games will come against the Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers (seven each), a pair of teams who are above the Rockies in the division standings as the month begins.
August was a brutal month for the Rockies. The team went 12-15, marking the only month this season that Colorado had a losing record.
Luckily, September has dawned and it brings with it a chance for the Rockies to return to playing like the game it was in the early stretches of the season. Thinking back to the feelings that surrounded the team when Nolan Arenado walked off for the cycle against the San Francisco Giants on Father’s Day, Colorado seemed to be a team that was destined for the postseason. Now, more than two months later, the Rockies are going to have to work to ensure their first postseason berth since 2009.
So what do the Rockies need to have happen in September to make sure Rocktober returns? Here are three things we think Colorado fans should be watching.