Congratulations are in order for the Colorado Rockies; sort of. On one hand they have three dynamically great seasons going for three separate players which led to three representatives to the MLB All-Star Game. Michael Cuddyer, Troy Tulowitzki and of course Carlos Gonzalez are all going to the mid-summer classic to show the world how great the Rockies are.
So with all that good fortune, what could the little ‘sort of’ mean? Well even though they are being represented by three great players at the All-Star game, they apparently don’t have enough great performances because they are 5.5 games out of first place after being swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Yeah, that is kind of a problem. See, no matter how many All-Stars they have going to the little dance at mid-summer in New York, they still don’t have what they really want and that is first place in the National League West. And yes, first place really seems to matter this year as the teams in the N.L. Central look to have a lock on the wildcard at least for now.
What is the value of All-Star selections then? Does it mean nothing at all? Well, of course it means something but it isn’t what really matters. For example, it doesn’t matter that the Rockies have more All-Stars than the Diamondbacks if they cannot beat them and gain on them for first place in the division. The Rockies have had a good year and I promise they would trade all three All-Star selections for a first place finish in the West. After all, who wants to be the team that sits around in October and says, “At least we had All-Star selections,” while watching someone else play postseason baseball.