Colorado Rockies: Wish list for the Washington/Pittsburgh road trip

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SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 4: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies hits an RBI double during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 4, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 4: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies hits an RBI double during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 4, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 01: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies waits on deck in the first inning of a regular season MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on October 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Getty Images) /

The Scenarios

Nightmare Scenario

Charlie Blackmon goes on the 10-day DL, while Arenado, Parra and Marquez each get six-game suspensions. Without three of Colorado’s top threats, the quality Nationals pitching staff keeps the Rockies pent-up in all but one of the four games, scoring 26 runs in the process.

A limping Rockies team heads to Pittsburgh and drops two of three, finally putting a complete game together once the suspended Rockies return. They head home 2-5 on the road trip and panic sets in among Rockies fans everywhere.

Dream Scenario

Blackmon returns to the everyday rotation for the Rockies while Arenado, Parra and Marquez each get three games to be served later due to the appeals process. The offensive momentum created after the brawl Sunday turns into a hot lineup that overpowers even the Nats’ vaunted hitters, and the Rockies take three of four in Washington.

They head to Pittsburgh and by then the Pirates have returned to Earth after a hot start, resulting in a Rockies sweep behind dominant pitching. The Rockies return home with a 12-8 record, six games ahead of the Dodgers.

Next: Looking into why the benches cleared on Wednesday

P.S. Events like the brawl on Sunday, while regrettable, can do a lot to bring a clubhouse together. I think it could turn out more important than we realize at this point. Go Rockies!

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