In 2007, the Colorado Rockies had their best season in the young history of their franchise as they were the champions of the National League. In 2018, the Colorado Rockies won the second National League Wild Card spot but they were eliminated in the NL Wild Card game. After both of each of those playoff seasons, they have fallen flat in the first half of the season but, when taking a closer look, are the teams really that similar?
It is a phenomena that has been bandied about on social media and elsewhere (for good reason): Are the 2018 and 2008 Rockies, essentially the same?
On the surface, you may say yes. After all, they are/were two teams that made the playoffs the previous season, they had a lot of expectations entering the following season, and both (at least thus far for the 2018 Rockies) have not played as they are capable of.
There’s a term that is used a lot when talking about playoff teams. It is known as the “hangover.” Playing a longer season than the regular season can take a toll on players because a) they are playing up to 20 games more; b) up to 20 games that are under extreme scrutiny from local media and fans as well as nationally; and c) it cuts into their offseason routine.