Rockies will continue to struggle against the National League West
At the All-Star break, the Rockies are 20-21 against their division foes, holding winning records over Arizona (8-5) and San Diego (6-3) while going 4-5 against San Francisco and 2-8 against the Dodgers. Colorado has 35 games against their division foes the rest of the way, including six of nine games against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
If the Rockies are going to make the postseason, they simply have to win within the division … and I don’t think they start doing that enough in the second half. Los Angeles comes to Denver for the final time in the regular season at the end of July and the Rockies have to make a statement in that series … and they will be playing against a Dodgers team that will likely have Corey Seager and A.J. Pollock back as well as some potential new pieces acquired before the trade deadline.
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By the way, the Rockies visit Los Angeles for two three-game series in September to go along with three games in San Diego and three games in San Francisco in that same month. That’s 12 big road games during the season’s last full month … and the Rockies have to capitalize on those if they have any chance at the postseason.
The last two seasons (both postseason appearances), Colorado was 41-36 against the West in 2018 and 42-34 in 2017. Keep that in mind.
The Rockies had a 5-4 road trip through Arizona, Los Angeles and San Francisco in June, so winning on the road in the division can happen. The prediction? The Rockies will make a run at regaining West dominance, taking care of business at home and playing just under .500 on the road in the division as well.
How will they have a chance within the division? Improved pitching is the key … and our next subject.