Walt Weiss would be lying if he didn’t mention that he had considered it. The teams his Colorado Rockies will face on their ten game home stand are not exactly those that strike fear in your heart at the sight of them. They will welcome the Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers to town for the next several games and Weiss looks at the series with bottom of the division type teams as an opportunity to catch up in the National League West.
That is what I would call good optimistic managing right there. It motivates his team to do well and hopefully not to play down to what they believe will be an easy series or three to win. That would be the worst thing they could do because I have news for the Rockies: this series isn’t going to be as easy as it seems. It won’t be easy at all. Don’t let their records fool you folks; these teams are playing pretty good baseball right now.
The Brewers are pretty well even with where they have been most of the year but they won one of three in the last meeting between the teams. The Cubs are riding the trade deadline momentum they have gained to one of the better records of the month of July. They are, at the very least playing teams extremely tough and they have won series and games that most wouldn’t think they could. That is the situation the Rockies are stepping into and it starts with the hottest team of the three, the Cubs.
I’ll say this though. If the Rockies can make a huge number of wins show up from this home stand, it will go a long way towards getting their second half going in the right direction. I have a feeling the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks won’t sit around and wait for them. It won’t be easy but as long as they know that and play as well as they can, Weiss could get the result he is looking for and the Rockies could rebound in the standings.