Shades of 2007 Faded Fast
It was looking like Deja Vu for a while there, with the Rox winning 10 in a row and setting the stage to put the Padres in the rear view mirror after a three game series at Coors/Miller/Molsen. But things fell apart in a hurry when the Blake Street Bumblers fumbled away a couple of close games that they normally win on the home turf and plummeted to a daunting three and a half games behind division-leading San Diego. This makes today’s last game of the season series with the Padres almost a required victory to get Colorado within two and a half games with 16 left to play after today. Fortunately, most of the remaining games are against non-contending teams like the Dodgers (6), Diamondbacks (3) and Cardinals (1). Unfortunately, starting Thursday the next six are on the road. To have a reasonable chance to win a division or wild card berth in the playoffs, the Rockies must win at least 14 of their remaining 17 games, in the eyes of the Baseball Observer, because from the beginning of the season, the Observer predicted that it would take 93 wins to make the playoffs in the National League. That’s a pretty tough row for the Rockies to hoe, only losing 3 more games out of the next 17, so don’t use one today. Three strikes left, use them wisely.