Colorado Rockies: Let’s talk Los Angeles Dodgers and your perspective
By Kevin Henry
After a pair of heart-breaking losses at Chavez Ravine, it’s really about how you look at things if you’re a Colorado Rockies fan.
Do you take the glass-half-full approach and say that the Colorado Rockies took the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with the best record in Major League Baseball, to the bottom of the last inning on back-to-back nights at Dodger Stadium before dropping the game on walk-off homers? Plus, don’t forget they faced two of the game’s best starting pitchers (statistically) as well, right?
Do you take the glass-half-empty approach and say that the Rockies are in the middle of one of their best windows to win in franchise history and have now lost 10 straight to the Dodgers heading into Sunday’s series finale? After the loss, they are now 12 games behind Los Angeles in the National League West standings and look to, once again, be relegated to battling for the Wild Card as their means of entry into the postseason.
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For me, personally, I take more of the latter view. That 10th consecutive loss is the longest Colorado losing streak to the Dodgers since the club set up shop in Denver. It’s also the fourth time that the Rockies have ever lost 10 or more to one team in franchise history.
That’s not just a bad streak. That’s dominance. Memories of Ryan McMahon hitting walk-off homers against LA at Coors Field last season seem like way-too-distant moments.
And that dominance is perhaps the most frightening thing about this current run if you’re a Rockies fan. With its best rotation in franchise history last season and a record-setting offense churning away this season, Colorado simply couldn’t find a way to beat the Dodgers.
I was at Chavez Ravine covering Game 163 last year. The Rockies were so tantalizingly close to capturing their first-ever National League West title, only to see Walker Buehler top German Marquez and send the Rockies off in the late-night sky to Chicago to face the Cubs in the NL Wild Card Game. I remember the red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Chicago and wondering what it would take for Colorado to finally get the best of the Dodgers. Today, I’m still wondering that.
At this moment, it doesn’t appear that there will be anything close to that happening this season. The Rockies will likely be battling for the Wild Card spot while the Dodgers look to be in good shape to capture their seventh consecutive division title. For Colorado fans, it’s frustrating to know that, once again, one game in October will determine their postseason fate.
Make no mistake about it … Colorado is a good baseball team. For two consecutive nights, they’ve shown they are just as good as the Dodgers and can stand up to the best team in baseball … until the final pitch. For the Rockies to get over the hump, they have to figure out how they’re going to be one pitch better than L.A. And not just for one game, but for the majority of the games when they face the Dodgers.
Sure, Sunday could bring an end to the streak and a four-game homestand against the Dodgers starting on Thursday could turn things around. “Could” being the key word in that sentence. A quick turnaround could also eat into the Dodgers’ 12-game lead on the Rockies. But it isn’t just about knocking games off the lead. It’s about figuring out how to not get into that deep hole in the first place.
So what’s your perspective? Let us know in the comments section below.