The NL West is suddenly up for grabs. According to the FanGraphs Playoff Odds, the NL West winner is projected to have the fewest wins of any other MLB division winner. FanGraphs projects the Diamondbacks to take the division in a near toss-up with the Dodgers at around 84-85 wins, followed by the Rockies with approximately 82 wins. They have the Giants at around 80 wins and the San Diego Padres, bringing up the rear, at around 70 wins. While these projections will change depending on how the teams do, the last time the NL West was this tightly contested was in 2008, when the Dodgers led the division with 84 wins.
The Rockies are in a legitimate position to chase after a division title, right as they enter a pivotal stretch of games. 16 of the next 22 games are against NL West opponents. After seven road games against the Dodgers and the Giants, the Rockies will play nine games at Coors Field against the Dodgers, Giants and Diamondbacks (the home-stand only broken up by a trip to Cincinnati).
I hope Jeff Bridich and Bud Black are aware of the stakes, because the Rockies’ offensive struggles will only continue if they refuse to make changes to the lineup.