Colorado Rockies key to success: More tacos in 2018

IRVINE, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: The Doritos Locos Taco continues to be a best seller for Taco Bell. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Taco Bell)
IRVINE, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: The Doritos Locos Taco continues to be a best seller for Taco Bell. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Taco Bell) /
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Living in Omaha, in the midst of Royals, Cardinals, and annoying bandwagon Cubs fans, if I say “We Want Tacos,” I get a perplexed look followed by a list of personal favorites and directions to get there. But when I group text my fellow Colorado Rockies fans, they know exactly what I mean.

Thankfully we are less than two weeks away from when the phrase “We Want Tacos!” (or “We Want Taco’s!” according to Rockies Twitter) holds a special meaning for those in Colorado.

This ingenious promotion by Taco Bell has taken on a life of its own in Colorado. I am unfortunate to live hundreds of miles away from any participating Taco Bell. That said, I don’t have a clue as to how many tacos you get and at what price and nor do I care (it seems to change every year). What I do care about is that when the Rockies hold up their end of the bargain and score seven or more runs, the chances are that they just won a baseball game.

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Last season, the Rockies scored seven or more runs in 48 games. In those games their record was 45-3 (.937 winning percentage). To break those numbers down even further, the Rockies were 29-1 at home and 16-2 on the road. Sadly, one of those losses finished the Rockies’ season with the 11-8 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Wild Card game.

That also means that the Rockies were 42-73 (.365) in the games that they scored less than seven runs. It’s a Captain Obvious thing to say … but the more runs they score, the better chance there is of a victory.

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If the Rockies, with the majority of their offense returning, are able to improve on the amount of times they score seven or more runs, not only will there be more tacos consumed in Colorado but there will be a much larger number in the win column. Who wants tacos?!?!