Thing 1: Embrace the role of spoiler
Of Colorado’s remaining 18 games, only six come against National League teams that aren’t fighting for the postseason. This weekend’s three-game home series against the San Diego Padres and a late September visit for three games against the Giants are truly the only “meaningless” games in the standings for both teams.
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The other 12, however, are quite interesting.
The St. Louis Cardinals come into Coors Field on Tuesday for a three-game set leading the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central by 4.5 games (entering Monday’s play). After the Padres, into Denver come the New York Mets, 4 games back of the second Wild Card before Monday’s action.
Colorado then heads back to Chavez Ravine to face the Los Angeles Dodgers, who sit 4 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves for the best record in the National League.
After the series in San Francisco, the season ends with the Milwaukee Brewers visiting Denver for a three-game series. The Brewers currently sit 2 games out of the final National League Wild Card slot.
Rockies fans certainly remember it was Milwaukee who ended Colorado’s 2018 season. Wouldn’t there be a bit of redemption if Colorado could end their 2019 season by keeping them out of the playoffs?
Rise up, Rockies. Embrace the role of the spoiler against four teams who are likely licking their chops to face you when you’re down.
Sure, it’s not Rocktober. However, seeing the Rockies conquer some of the best teams in the National League with some series wins would provide a bit of a good feeling heading into the offseason.