Colorado Rockies: NL Wild Card is out of the question

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DENVER, CO - JULY 25: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies watches his walk-off solo home run in the ninth inning against Collin McHugh #31 of the Houston Astros during interleague play at Coors Field on July 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Astros 3-2. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 25: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies watches his walk-off solo home run in the ninth inning against Collin McHugh #31 of the Houston Astros during interleague play at Coors Field on July 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Astros 3-2. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – JUNE 19: Adam Ottavino #0 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a game at Coors Field on June 19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – JUNE 19: Adam Ottavino #0 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a game at Coors Field on June 19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

It’s not inconceivable for the Rockies to get back in first place as they had a small stint in June of holding the 1st place crown. However, the key question really will be how do they essentially get there and when that happens how do they stay on top?

In all honesty, the change is most clearly starts with the bullpen. If they can’t get their stuff together and hold off an opposing offense, the Rox won’t be a competitive team but with guys like Scott Oberg and Adam Ottavino having dominant outings, it shows that there is hope for the Rockies bullpen.

 

Although we want to point fingers at the players, we also have to look at the decisions manager Bud Black is making during critical situations. It’s quite obvious we’re all confused as to why Black would give the nod to Wade Davis after letting the Cards walk-off and then to only have the Brewers do the same thing when he was back on the mound in the 9th.

Pitching is, of course, not the only aspect Black has to manage. The decision to have their 7th batter in the lineup bunt was a bit questionable to many during Saturday’s game. In other words, there have been many puzzling decisions that were made by Bud Black, but whichever decision he makes he’ll have to live with and answer for the consequences whether good or bad. 

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