Never boldly tempt fate by asking if things can get worse — chances are they can and our good friend Murphy will probably find a way to show you how.
The Colorado Rockies have struggled recently so much so that if struggling were the sport they were playing, they would be champions of the world. However, if you were one of the many (including myself) that thought, “how can this possibly get any worse?” It just did.
First, it is important to put the big picture of their struggles in perspective. They have lost 17 of their last 24 games. A one-time 2.5 game lead in the NL West Division is now a 5.5-game deficit.
But the desert has to be the low point of the season. The Rockies would be swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks, playing back-to-back-to-back games completely uncharacteristic of the 2013 team. When the dust settled on the weekend, Colorado lost in the three games by a combined 22–2 score.
Additional injuries were added to the already staggering number for the season. Roy Oswalt had to leave Sunday’s game with an apparent hamstring strain and Carlos Gonzalez left the game in the ninth with a finger injury. The Rockies say CarGo is day-to-day and at the time of this article, there was no definitive information on the impact of Oswalt’s injury.
So, for those of you that asked, the baseball gods are unforgiving and often cruel – and yes, things can get worse.
But here’s the thing, and forgive me for being optimistic at a time when there seems no reason to be — sure, there’s a increasingly large deficit that the Rockies are facing, but as we found out this weekend, things could be far worse.
Troy Tulowitzki starts rehab assignment Monday. Dexter Fowler is on schedule to return possibly before the All-star break and the Rockies are about to begin a series with the San Diego Padres, who can’t remember the last time they won. They will then face the Los Angeles Dodgers, which ends with a four-game break for the All-Star ceremony.
There is promise on the horizon. There is a time to heal, regroup and refocus in the very near future.
The Rockies are certainly going through a rough patch, but they have shown what they are capable of more than not this season. The weekend was bleak, dark and a most definite low point, but it is far too soon to stick the proverbial fork in the team.
The second half of the season are the money game. Despite recent struggles, there has to be some appreciation that a mile-high and mile-wide slide has not left the Rockies too far out of striking distance. In the infamous words of Dumb and Dumber’s Lloyd Christmas, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance?”
Yes, Rockies Country – there is still a chance.