It feels like the Colorado Rockies played two seasons in one, just in the month of August.
There is only one month left in this crazy short season and about the best news Colorado Rockies fans can muster is that the club is at 17-17 headed into the last game of the month.
These are the numbers that defined the Rockies over the past month and what will need to improve in September for the team to make it back to the postseason.
Postseason odds and record
The Rockies were in first place for 14 days until August 12 and were 1.5 games up at their peak. The best record they had was eight games above .500 at 11-3 on August 8 after the Seattle Mariners series. Thank goodness for that start because, in a normal season, the Rockies would almost certainly be out of the playoff chase.
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As it stands today, the Rockies are at a -3 run differential. On August 11, they were at the +27 only behind the Dodgers. The Dodgers today have a +88 run differential for reference. It is no breaking news that the Rockies have been struggling since they played both Texas teams back-to-back in the middle of the month. Their losses mounted and the Rockies are now third place in the division and were two games below .500 and eight games back for the division lead at their lowest.
Thankfully, this is a season like no other. With expanded playoffs and only a month left, anything can happen. The Rockies still have a 42.6 percent chance to make the playoffs, despite a seven-game losing streak toward the end of the month. This is how the Rockies got there and what they need to change if they are going to compete in September.