With the final matchup of the three-game series between the Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves postponed on Thursday due to “inclement weather and unplayable field conditions,” the quest is now on to figure out if and when the game will be made up.
When will the Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves play the postponed game from Thursday?
A quick look at the schedules for the Rockies and Braves shows that the two teams do not share a common off day through the rest of the regular season. Colorado has off days remaining on September 20 and 30 while Atlanta has just one off day left, scheduled for September 27.
With the Braves still leading the National League East (by 3.5 games over the Philadelphia Phillies heading into Friday), it is possible that the game with the Rockies could be scrapped if it has no bearing on the postseason for the Braves. If, however, the game would impact the race for the postseason, it is likely that Colorado and Atlanta would meet on Monday, October 4. That would be the day after the two teams conclude their regular-season schedule. Colorado will finish its 2021 slate in Arizona against the Diamondbacks while Atlanta finishes at home against the New York Mets.
As pointed out by Nick Groke of The Athletic, if Colorado and Atlanta do not make up the postponed game, it would mark the first time in Rockies history that the team has played 161 games in a season (rather than the now-standard 162). It would also be another oddity for the Rockies in terms of the final number of games in very recent franchise history, going along with last year’s pandemic-shortened 60-game slate as well as the Game 163 that was needed in 2018 to settle the NL West race between the Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Colorado took the first two games of the weather-shortened series in Atlanta and has won four of six meetings against the Braves so far this season.