Twenty-three games stand between the Colorado Rockies and an NL West title.
As of September 6, the Rockies lead the division by a half-game over the Los Angeles Dodgers; the Arizona Diamondbacks sit one game behind the two teams.
But the Wild Card race is close, too. The Milwaukee Brewers lead the St. Louis Cardinals by a half-game. The Dodgers sit two games behind, while the Diamondbacks are a half-game behind them.
And to make things even more exciting, the Rockies’ upcoming schedule includes a battle between the NL West division leaders. Of Colorado’s remaining games, 13 of 23 will be played between the last two teams fighting for the division. The Rockies will have to internally fight to take ownership of the division.
No one said the last month of baseball wouldn’t be entertaining.
They have accumulated four Wild Card berths (1995, 2007, 2009, 2017) and one NL pennant (2007) since the team entered the National League back in 1993.
Thankfully for the Rockies, Trevor Story picked a good time to hit a streak. Story homered in his first three at-bats Wednesday, which resulted in a 5-3 Colorado win. The team was won its last five games.
“He’s in the MVP conversation now,” said [Carlos González] the veteran outfielder of Story, according to Forbes. “He’s got more than 30 homers, close to a 30-30 season, and an average close to .300. He’s carrying the team.”
The Rockies have a solid roster aside from Story, with players like González, Nolan Arenado, and Charlie Blackmon — veteran players ready to take Colorado the distance. The Rockies’ starting pitching hasn’t been bad either. Three starters boast double-digit wins this season: Kyle Freeland, Jon Gray and German Marquez. It’s a near-perfect formula to boost the Rockies past their cursed playoff hopes.
Not many expect the Colorado to take the NL West, but it’s hard not to sense a 2007-esque “Rocktober” in the near future.