The Colorado Rockies are officially in rebuilding mode after shipping All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki off to the Toronto Blue Jays. They acquired Jose Reyes in the deal, another shortstop that is (or at least was) considered to be one of the game’s best. Will he be trade bait himself? Or will he be the starting shortstop on Opening Day 2016? We will likely know that answer shortly as the trade deadline approaches zero hour.
The Rockies are well out of playoff contention this season at 43-56. Last place in the National League West looks to be inevitable as they currently sit 43-56, which is 4.0 games behind the San Diego Padres who are in fourth place.
The Colorado Rockies schedule in August gives them a chance to be a spoiler a few times. They will visit the two N. L. East contenders, the Washington Nationals (August 7-9) and the New York Mets (August 10-13). Those will be a couple of huge series for their opposition.
After three games with Padres they get right back into that scrum when the Nats come to Coors Field for three games (August 18-20) and then the Mets come in (August 21-23). The Atlanta Braves will be next as they go on the road. After Atlanta, the Rockies can again play spoiler when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates who are chasing the St. Louis Cardinals in the N. L. Central. They will be in Pittsburgh August 28-30.
The Colorado Rockies schedule for September has the Arizona Diamondbacks in for four games to start the month, then they get back to playing spoiler when the San Francisco Giants are in for four games September 3-6. After a week of playing the Padres and Seattle Mariners in games without playoff implications, they will get back to being a spoiler when they face the N. L. West leading Los Angeles Dodgers September 14-16. Then another series with the Padres at home and the Pirates come in for four September 21-24 in what could be a huge series for the Bucs.
The Colorado Rockies schedule for October could be very important as well. They end the season with three games October 2-4 in what could end their reign as World Champions.
How much of a fight can the Rockies put up for these teams? If Reyes is auditioning for a job for next season, he can be a pest for opposing pitchers. His fielding will need to improve though as he was having a tough time of it this season in Toronto. Early in his career, he got to everything and had a rocket for an arm. Maybe he got a bit careless with catching the ball because his arm always bailed him out?
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If he gets back to something near his days with the Mets, he and D.J. LeMahieu could team up for a good double play combo. LeMahieu has hit .320 on the season. That was 20 points higher than Tulo.
Nolan Arenado has had a very good season for the Rockies with 25 home runs and 77 RBIs. Carlos Gonzalez has hit 21 for the Rockies, but it is likely he will be in a different uniform this weekend. He will bring some young guys to Denver, which is not a bad thing. The Rockies always need good young pitching. Veteran free agent pitchers don’t really want to go play in the high altitude of Colorado.
Graphic via colorado.rockies.mlb