This means in 2022 the Rockies are, once again, going to need their younger guys to step up and elevate. Brendan Rodgers has taken a huge leap forward this season, but is he going to be a 5 fWAR player and replace Trevor Story’s production from the playoff seasons? That’d be nice, but then we’re also still missing out on Nolan Arenado’s production of nearly 6.0 fWAR per season during the playoff years. How are the Rockies going to fill that if those big bats don’t come here?
The Rockies have a huge jump to make to go from being competitive at times to being a threat in the playoffs, something they barely reached the edge of in 2018. There’s always a chance that they can be competitive and relevant with this group of players, but it’s incredibly risky to move forward with that approach given how pathetic they’ve played on the road this year.
So while we’re all reveling in this awesome streak the Rockies are in right now, we cannot be fooled into thinking this is sustainable to any degree over a full season. And if the Rockies’ front office feels this is the true potential of the team, and that the Rockies may be OK even if they don’t land a few big bats in the offseason, then be prepared to stay in this purple purgatory for at least another five years.