Colorado Rockies vs. the competition: Who has an edge in race for postseason?

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 2: Starting pitcher Logan Webb #62 of the San Francisco Giants delivers to home plate during the first inning against Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 2, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 2: Starting pitcher Logan Webb #62 of the San Francisco Giants delivers to home plate during the first inning against Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 2, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 17: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies during game action against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 17, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 17: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies during game action against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 17, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Beginning Wednesday night in the series (and season) finale against the San Diego Padres, Colorado has 18 games left in the regular season. The Rockies are currently the ninth seed in the National League and sit 1.5 games behind St. Louis, Miami, and San Francisco (teams that would comprise the sixth through eighth seed in the season ended today).

After Wednesday’s finale in San Diego, Colorado has nine home games left (three against the Los Angeles Angels, two against the Oakland A’s, and four against the National League-leading Los Angeles Dodgers). The Rockies then end the season with an eight-game road trip (four in San Francisco followed by four in Arizona, including a double-header).

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Colorado is 9-12 this season at Coors Field and will need to rediscover its home field advantage in what will be a tough homestand (Oakland is currently the second seed in the American League and the Dodgers are at the top of the NL). Colorado’s last off day of the season comes after the three games against the Angels and before the A’s-Dodgers home gauntlet so there could be an advantage for Colorado’s arms there.

However, going straight from Coors to San Francisco to begin a four-game set doesn’t bode well for an offense that has struggled this season, even at altitude.

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