As demoralizing as the series sweep to the Los Angeles Dodgers was, here is some more bad news. There is something eerily familiar to all of this and that is definitely not a good thing. The last time the Colorado Rockies were attempting to reach back to back Rocktobers, they were on the verge of winning the National League West until the bottom completely fell out on the season.
Way back in 2010, the Colorado Rockies were trying to make the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time in franchise history. With 15 games left in the season, they were in a three-team battle for the NL West lead, only a game and a half back of first place and one game out of the Wild Card.
Then the season turned ugly. The Rockies would go on to lose 13 of the final 15 games of the season, finishing with a 83-79 record, nine games out of first place and seven games out of the Wild Card.
What is strikingly similar to this season is the fact that with 15 games left, the 2010 Rockies and the 2018 Rockies had the exact same record at 81-66.
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The reason to bring this up now, just like in 2010, is that the Rockies’ season is on the verge of collapsing after losing five of the last six games (including last night’s heartbreaker in Los Angeles at the hands of the pinch-hitting Yasiel Puig) and their playoff hopes are slipping through their fingers.
In 2010, the downfall began with a soul-crushing walkoff, they can’t allow the last two games against the Dodgers to lead to a similar fate.
The good news is that the Rockies still have hope. Starting Friday, there are 10 games left in the season and they are only 1.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the final Wild Card. The Rockies must right the ship and not let the Dodgers series derail the entire season before history repeats itself and this season ends in a complete disaster.