I have a date in mind … a turning point for the Colorado Rockies. It wasn’t that long ago. It feels like an eternity, but it was just over one week ago.
One week. A lot can go wrong in one week. Expound that reality across a shortened 60-game season and suddenly one bad week-plus for the Colorado Rockies can make a promising season feel like it’s already been lost.
Though it feels like a foggy memory, obscured by more recent images from the wrong side of empty at-bats and crooked frames, we are less than two weeks removed from Wednesday, August 12. That morning, the Rockies prepared for their rubber match against the Arizona Diamondbacks. To that point, Colorado had won all five series of the shortened season and was looking like one of the better teams in the National League.
If the Rockies could get a win against Arizona, they would stretch that streak to six straight series. Again, this was about a week and a half ago. It doesn’t feel like it though. That’s because not only did the Rockies drop the series finale against Arizona, but they have managed only one win since.
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In that week and a half, nothing has been working for the Rockies. The bats have gone silent and, when they do manage to put up a few runs, the pitching quickly puts to bed any thoughts of a Rockies’ victory.
Even in games when the Rockies appear to hit well, too often most of those runs are scored late, well after the game is already too far out of hand. Situational hitting is virtually nonexistent.
But there is still time to turn that around. As we saw earlier this season, there is enough offensive ability on this roster to string some wins together. Of the Rockies’ eight losses since August 12, five of them have been by two or fewer runs. One was by four. There have been only two true blowouts.
This means the Rockies still have a chance to win most of the games they’re losing … if they can get big hits at the right moments. And if the pitching can hold the lead.
We’ve watched everything go right. Now, we’re seeing everything go wrong. But all it takes is one game — a turning point — and this rough week-plus can become a distant memory. Time is running out though, and this club needs to turn it around as soon as possible.