The Colorado Rockies opened the 2018 regular season at home with snow in the area on a cold, damp April day. Could, six months later, the Rockies be facing the same kind of elements when they play their first postseason game in LoDo since 2009 on Sunday?
When the Colorado Rockies take on the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Sunday afternoon, the weather forecast in Denver is calling for fall-like conditions. That includes chilly weather and possible precipitation, according to weather forecasts including from our friends at @RockiesWX.
With temperatures struggling to get into the low 50s and a chance of rain on Sunday around the 2:37 p.m. (Mountain time) first pitch, it will certainly feel like autumn at 20th and Blake. The boys of summer will no doubt be bundled up as will the fans in attendance.
Could that potential chilly and wet weather be an advantage for the Rockies? Knowing their opponents from Milwaukee play in Miller Park with a retractable roof, it’s possible. Carlos Gonzalez knows it and even mentioned it in his postgame comments after Friday’s Game 2 shutout loss in Milwaukee.
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The weather also reflects Colorado’s offense during the first two games of the NLDS at Miller Park. The Rockies have scored just two runs in 19 innings against the Brewers so far, continuing a trend that has seen Colorado struggle to score runs after leaving Coors Field following the regular season finale against Washington on Sunday.
Colorado scored two runs (on two solo ninth-inning homers) in a Game 163 loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday, then scored two runs in a Wild Card win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field the next night. Add the last four games up (all on the road) and the Rockies have plated just six total runs.
Can the Rockies parlay the chilly weather into a hot start at the plate and grab the momentum in this best-of-5 series? That will be one of the biggest questions being asked by the heat-seeking fans at 20th and Blake on Sunday afternoon.