Are the Rockies still serious about this season?
Are the Rockies trying to get the No.1 pick in next years draft? Although it seriously doubt they are, from the outside it sure looks like a possibility. Two weeks ago I wrote about how the Rockies still had a chance, with a nine game West coast road trip against divisional opponents. It's safe to say that dream went out of the window with a 4-5 trip and an 0-2 start to this homestand. Staying positive about this season has become difficult, due to the Rockies GM saying the trade of Ubaldo was a means to "Re-tool" his team for this year, and for the future. Should we believe the trade is going to help this season?
August is now upon us and time is fleeting for the Rockies chances at the post-season. If they have any aspirations for baseball beyond September, winning games must become more of a norm than losing, especially at home. When writing about the nine game roadtip and the Rockies chance to narrow the gap in the division, it was dependant on the Giants losing games against some quality opponents. Which they did. Instead of a more reasonable race, the Rockies have won three of the last ten games, the Giants four. That road trip was crucial and the Rockies simply didn't come up big in the clutch. With a few more wins they could be in great shape to battle for the division. Instead, they sit ten games back with 52 games remaining. Again, anything is possible, but making up that big of a margin will require many wins in the division.
Today the Rockies will finish up a three game series with the Phillies, and we should be happy to see "Charlie" and his fair weather Phils exit Coors. The Rockies 12-23 record in day games doesn't really excite me today, Roy Halladay taking the mound makes a win seem impossible. A win today could be a catalyst to a Rockies team looking for positives in a lost season. With the trade deadline already in the rear-view mirror, the Rockies will have a chance to trade for players on the waiver wire. With a bad record, they will have priority over many teams and this could be a chance to "Re-tool", if that's the goal.
Are the Rockies "Re-tooling" or are they looking to next year?