Colorado Rockies: Postseason picture heading into the weekend
By Kevin Henry
The Colorado Rockies finished up an eight-game road trip visiting the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks with a duel in the desert on Thursday afternoon in Phoenix. Even though the Rockies dropped a 7-0 decision to Arizona in the road trip finale, Colorado still finished the trip with a 6-2 mark through the National League West’s top two teams in the standings.
As Friday dawns and the Rockies prepare to open a short three-game weekend homestand against the San Diego Padres, they hold a 2.5-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers in the race for the final National League Wild Card spot. They are also now five games behind the Diamondbacks in the quest to host Game 163.
So how does the remaining schedule look for the Rockies, Cardinals and Brewers? Let’s take a look.
Colorado (80-67) schedule
September 15-17 vs. San Diego
September 19-20 at San Francisco
September 21-24 at San Diego
September 25-27 vs. Miami
September 29-October 1 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
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The Rockies simply can’t afford too many slip-ups over the next nine games against the two teams who occupy the bottom two slots in the National League West standings. It looks like it will boil down to Colorado’s final week filled with home games against the Miami Marlins and Dodgers.
St. Louis (77-69) schedule
September 15-17 at Chicago Cubs
September 19-21 at Cincinnati
September 22-24 at Pittsburgh
September 25-28 vs. Chicago Cubs
September 29-October 1 vs. Milwaukee
Rockies fans will become big fans of the defending World Champions over the next few games. With seven games on tap in the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry, Chicago could play a big role in the Wild Card chase by keeping their hold on the National League Central and beating their arch-rivals.
Milwaukee (77-69) schedule
September 15-17 Miami (at Milwaukee, even though Miami will be the home team)
September 18-20 at Pittsburgh
September 21-24 vs. Chicago Cubs
September 26-28 vs. Cincinnati
September 29-October 1 at St. Louis
Hurricane Irma may have a role in the Wild Card competition. The Marlins-Brewers series has been shifted to Milwaukee, giving the Brewers three unexpected home games at a critical time of the season.
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It’s also worth reminding readers that Milwaukee and St. Louis end the season against each other and could be pivotal in the Wild Card standings. While the Rockies and Dodgers end the season at Coors Field, there will be plenty of scoreboard watching on this mammoth series in St. Louis.