Rockies Looking to Win Division for First Time in Franchise History


Via: Denver Post

Asher Hyre, Spear Reporter

The Colorado Rockies have been around for 27 years, with their inaugural season being in 1995 and have never won the NL West division title. They have been to the playoffs four times, and have a World Series appearance, but have been a wild card team each of those four seasons. This year it looked as if it would be the same Colorado Rockies of history, as they had a 38-42 record through 80 games, and were sitting 8 games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the NL West.

The Rockies turned it on, though, as they won 13 of 16 heading into the All Star break, and were 2 games back of the LA Dodgers for the division lead at that time. But, the Dodgers then added arguably the best shortstop in the MLB in Manny Machado, and it was looking like LA was in prime position to run away with their 6th division title in a row. The Rockies also had to play 46 straight games against teams with a winning percentage at or above .500, but Colorado went 30-16 in that span and now have a 0.5 game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West with a 78-64 record.

This is the latest date in a season in franchise history in which the Rockies are in first place. Every game feels like a must win game now and with a 4 game set against the Diamondbacks, who are 2.5 games behind the Rockies, each game is extremely pivotal in the movement of the teams in the NL West standings.

Star 3rd baseman, Nolan Arenado has been in a slump lately, but All-Star shortstop, Trevor Story, hit 3 home runs in one game versus the San Fransisco Giants, carrying the team. Arenado hit a homer yesterday, so hopefully that breaks him out of his slump and he helps the team win their first division title.

Nolan Arenado up at bat. Via: CBS Sports

Rockies star 3rd baseman Nolan Arenado up at bat.

This rest of the schedule goes like this: 4 games against Arizona, 3 games versus San Francisco, 3 games against the Dodgers, another 3 games against Arizona, 4 games against the Phillies, and finally 3 games against the disappointing Washington Nationals to close out the regular season. Let’s hope the Rockies can pull this through and make a run in the playoffs.