Not so long ago, just before the start of MLB second half of the season, the Colorado Rockies and manager Walt Weiss were looking to gain ground in the National League West. They had a ten game home stand to start the second half and the teams for that period were not very high in total wins for the season. Weiss figured that series with the Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers at home would be a great chance to make a run at first place. I had a sneaking suspicion that the home stand would be more difficult than they thought.
Sure enough it hasn’t turned out anything like they would have hoped. They won two of three from the Cubs and it looked okay at that point. Then the much improved Marlins came in and threw a huge wrench into their plans. With a loss on Thursday the Rockies dropped the series three games to one to the Marlins.
That took their record for the home stand to 3 wins and 4 losses. In the division they have lost ground as well during that time frame. They were 2 games out at the break and going into play on Thursday were 5 games out and pending the outcome of the Los Angeles Dodgers game could fall to 6 behind.
Needless to say things have not gone quite the way the Rockies have planned. Now they have to just about sweep the series with the Brewers to salvage the home stand. Even then they need help to climb back into the race at this point. All in all it hasn’t been a good start to the second half for the Rockies. They could climb back into it but the way the Dodgers are playing, they better get to climbing fast.