The dog days of summer are here and the Colorado Rockies are at that point of the season where, historically, they haven’t fared too well. In fact, the Rockies have played so badly in the past that this month has garnered its own nickname called “the June Swoon.”
The Colorado Rockies enter the first full week of June absolutely on fire. After a 9-1 homestand, they are sitting with a 31-27 record and are a half-game back of the Wild Card. However, if they have intentions of making the playoffs for the third year in a row, they will have to navigate through a rather difficult schedule in June.
Here is a quick breakdown:
- 15 of the 26 remaining games this month are on the road
- 17 games against NL West foes, including seven against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with the National League’s best record.
- The other nine games include two three-game series against the newly acquired Carlos Gonzalez and the Chicago Cubs and a three-game set at the New York Mets.
- Starting Tuesday, the Rockies play 13 straight games before getting an off day on June 17. That is also one of only two scheduled days off for the Rockies this month (the other was June 3).
- The Rockies follow that 13-game stretch with another 13-gamer that ends with the Dodgers closing out the month with a four-game series at Coors Field.
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Last season, the Rockies went 11-16 in June and were on the brink of letting the season slip away until DJ LeMahieu stepped up to the plate in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants on June 28. His game-winning home run propelled the Rockies to a 53-30 record to finish the season and another Wild Card berth.
The Rockies have started out the month with two wins and if they plan on catching the Dodgers, let alone capturing another playoff spot, they will need to avoid another “June Swoon.” The schedule could prove to be difficult, but hopefully they will use this current hot streak to get them through this tough month.