Colorado Rockies: This road trip will decide the 2019 season

DENVER, CO - JULY 16: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies reacts after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on July 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 16: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies reacts after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on July 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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A difficult 2019 has taken a turn for the worst for the Colorado Rockies.

On June 29, the Colorado Rockies had the fourth-best record in the NL and were only one game behind the Chicago Cubs for the third best record.  Since then, they have the worst record in the NL at 2-11 and have given up nearly twice as many runs as they’ve scored during that stretch.

The Rockies have picked about the worst time to stumble with the trade deadline approaching.

Key pieces of the team won’t be traded as the Rockies are confident that they’ve built a contending team for future seasons.

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However, if the team appears to be treading water, the front office will be even less likely to make a deal to impact the team this season.

The situation worsens when you consider that every NL team (except for Miami) is either ahead of the Rockies or less than two games behind Colorado, meaning they’ll be unlikely to trade a player to a team with a worse record than them.

If the Rockies are going to get their season back on track before the deadline, they are going to have to dominate on the very difficult upcoming 10-game road trip.  They will start with three games in New York against the Yankees, head to Washington for four games and then wrap up with three games in Cincinnati.

If that wasn’t tough enough, the Rockies will have to face the Dodgers when they finally return home for the final series before the deadline.  If the Rockies are going to have a chance to make the playoffs in 2019, they need to get back in the playoff race immediately, which means they are going to have to take command on this road trip.

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The 2019 season isn’t over yet, but time is running out fast and the Rockies are heading in the wrong direction.  There’s no way around it, this road trip will decide the season.

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