A couple of weeks ago, a story about the Rockies would have been awesome. Full of high-fives and purple pride and hopes of a visit to Rocktober.
They were on a seven game win streak and then two more six game win streaks in June. They had gone 3-1 against the reigning World Champion Chicago Cubs, swept division rival San Francisco Giants.
But as of late, the Colorado hasn’t been doing so hot. They are currently riding a seven game losing streak, including one game where they failed to score a single run, and another where they allowed 16 runs.
Sadly, the second-half of June is a more familiar story for Rockies fans. Despite their undeniable talent, including four-time Golden Glove winner Nolan Arenado, three time Golden Glove and two-time Silver Slugger winner Carlos Gonzalez, and last year’s Silver Slugger recipient Charlie Blackmon – the Rockies have severely underperformed.
They haven’t even had a .500 season since 2010, when they went 83-79. It has been a slow and painful decline since the 2007 World Series loss, the only time in franchise history they made it that far.
Colorado fans have tried to remain steadfast in their support, but attendance has been low the last few years. With the promising 47-33 record the Rockies have posted this year, the attendance is on par to significantly surpass the last four years.
Rockies fans everywhere are hoping that this slump is only that — a blip in the road that leads to Rocktober. It’s been a long time since baseball has been played in October in Colorado.
The team has a couple of days off before flying to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks, who are three games ahead of the Rockies and two behind the NL West Division-leading Dodgers.
In the meantime, let’s re-watch this video of Arenado crushing a walk-off home run to boost our spirits.