Do the Rockies need a closer? Not necessarily, as the schedule and lack of off-days will allow several relievers to have a chance at saves and closing out games. After all, four players already have saves through Colorado’s first 18 games.
What the Rockies do need, however, is to raise the level of options for Bud Black to go to in September and beyond. Seven of Colorado’s 10 games against the Dodgers this season come after the trade deadline, and 19 of Colorado’s 24 games in the month come against NL West foes. To have a team that is as high-octane as it can be in September and beyond would be a big plus for the Rockies.
Colorado has shown early this season that they can win with strong pitching. Now the Rockies have to be able to duplicate that success as the schedule moves along in order to not only make the postseason but make a deep run in it as well.
But is the move to acquire a pitcher or extra offensive piece worth it with the shorter time frame the team would have the “rental?” It will take moving some prospects or current 40-man roster pieces to make it happen.
Do you mortgage a potential piece of the future in exchange for a short-term run at a division title and more? That’s the biggest question to be answered, and one that will determine if the Rockies really make a move or not by August 31.