Relegation and the Colorado Rockies
So naturally, this is a Colorado Rockies website, so let’s focus on the team’s own history for a moment.
If this system were to be put in place as is, the Colorado Rockies would have been at risk of relegation:
- 1993 vs. San Diego
- 1999 vs LA Angels
- 2001 @ Rangers
- 2005 @ Seattle
- 2006 @ Arizona
- 2012 vs Houston
- 2014 vs Arizona,
- 2015 @ Oakland.
So that’s eight seasons, around a quarter of the club’s history, that the Colorado Rockies would have had to fight to continue to play at the top level of baseball.
Are there any ‘Survivor’s Cups’ the Colorado Rockies could have reasonably lost?
In 1993, the Colorado Rockies were okay at home and the San Diego Padres were unlucky but still bad. The Rockies would probably avoid relegation there.
The 1999 team was roughly even with Angels in every regard. They were better against sub-.500 teams, so the Rockies likely would have survived their second relegation risk.
The 2001 Rockies were a much better team than their record lets on, but they were awful on the road. I think the team risks relegation here against the Rangers, though I believe the home series against the top Class B West team would be competitive.
Colorado easily loses to Seattle in 2005 to risk relegation, might even lose to the Class B champion squad at home. 2006 is too close to call, really could go either to Colorado or Arizona.
In 2012, the Colorado Rockies should have easily crushed the awful Houston Astros to stay in the top class. 2014 is much of the same. The Rockies win due to being decent at home.
Finally, 2015 is too close to call. The Rockies were better than usual on the road and were better against sub-.500 teams, the A’s were even at home and worse against sub-.500 teams. A true toss-up.