How the Colorado Rockies could benefit from a shortened season
By Luke Mullins
If there is a 2020 baseball season at all, the word now is it could be as short as 50 games. While this isn’t necessarily ideal, it could benefit the Colorado Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies’ problem recently (for the most part) hasn’t been a lack of talent, but a lack of consistency. Even in a very disappointing 2019 season, there were stretches in the first half of the season where the Rockies were one of the better teams in the National League. Unfortunately, when they weren’t one of the best teams, they were one of the worst.
Anything can happen in baseball and in a shortened season, that fact is exacerbated. Even the Los Angeles Dodgers have had rough patches at the start of seasons recently, only to come roaring back at the end of the year.
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If the season is shortened to 50 games, any team that manages to put together a notable winning streak will be in the playoff conversation. If the Rockies play their best baseball for 50 games and close out the season before their pitching — specifically their bullpen — suffers from the fatigue that sets in every fall at 20th and Blake, this team might actually have a chance to make some noise.
The longer this delay goes on, the more it looks like the 2020 season is going to be a free-for-all. There have also been reports that some players may sit out the shortened season, which could make the regular-season feel a little like spring training, further adding to the free-for-all.
For a Rockies team already facing a lot of uncertainty entering the year, a free-for-all sounds like pretty good odds.