It is officially do or die time for the Colorado Rockies. After losing a club record, eight straight games at home in a season and going 4-12 so far in June, they are now a season-low four games under .500. That puts them six games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West and five games out of the Wild Card.
This current seven-game homestand is a chance for the Rockies to get right. Their two opponents, the New York Mets and Miami Marlins, have two of the three worst records in the National League. To go along with that, they are the bottom two teams in runs scored and in the bottom half in runs against in the NL.
Monday night’s 12-2 loss to the Mets was a throw-away game. With Jacob deGrom on the mound with his now minuscule 1.51 ERA after throwing eight innings of one run on five-hit ball and the Rockies dealing with the hangover from Sunday’s walkoff loss to the Texas Rangers, the chances of winning that ball game were slim to none.
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Obviously, the biggest disappointment was of course, the bullpen. The bullpen gave up nine of the 12 runs in 3.2 innings of work to a team that, as previously mentioned, is not good.
Now the Rockies have six games left on this current seven-game homestand to either get back to .500 or start preparing to be sellers at the trade deadline. The good news is the Rockies have an excellent chance at do of doing just that. According to fivethirtyeight.com, the Rockies are favored to win the next six games and its imperative that they do.
If the Rockies have any hope of getting back into contention, they must win five of these next six games. If they don’t, there are plenty of players with expiring contracts that will be playing in different uniforms in the next six weeks. So if fans still enjoy watching DJ LeMahieu, Gerardo Parra, and/or Carlos Gonzalez playing in Denver, this team needs to start winning now.