June 28, 2018: The Colorado Rockies are sitting with a record of 38-42 after losing four straight games. They are trailing 8-7 after blowing a one-run lead the inning prior in San Francisco heading into the top of the ninth. There is a runner on first and steps to the plate is DJ LeMahieu.
The win propels the Rockies to a 52-30 record in the second half as they are able to reach the NLDS after beating the Chicago Cubs in the Wild Card game.
This season’s version of the Rockies is frantically looking for such a victory that could also spring board them to the playoffs. Monday’s night game had all the makings for such a win. Except, it didn’t happen.
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Down 2-1 heading into the 9th against, once again, the Giants, the Rockies got the leadoff man aboard with the heart of the order coming up.
Unfortunately, neither David Dahl, Nolan Arenado, or Daniel Murphy could come up with that clutch hit that would have either tied or walked off the game. To add insult to injury, the loss was compounded with the absolute 19-2 drubbing from the afternoon portion of the day/night doubleheader.
Now the Rockies are two games under .500 for the first time since May 27, and are going in the wrong direction while they are in the middle of an extremely crowded Wild Card race.
They are in search of a game that shifts this downward momentum back to positive that they can build off of. Throw in that the July 31 trade deadline is two weeks away, means that the time to make a personnel move to better this team is getting short.
LeMahieu is no longer on the roster but there are plenty of players who could be the hero and flip the narrative on this season. They just better do it before it’s too late.