Remember where the Rockies stood at the All-Star break last year? They were two games back in the division. They were ten games over .500.
They had won eight out of ten games. They had momentum.
Coming out of the All-Star break was a daunting 11-game road trip through Cincinnati, Florida and Philadelphia. They lost two of three in Cincinnati. They lost three of four in Florida. They were swept in four games in Philadelphia. They finished the trip 2-9.
Things went from concerning to downright disastrous in one road trip. They came out of the trip only three games over .500 and eight games back.
They could not recover.
The Rockies are in the midst of a tough road trip through Atlanta and Washington leading up to the All-Star break this year. They were just swept in four games in Atlanta.
There was certainly some bad luck involved with Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez getting injured at the same time, but tough stretches are bound to happen at some point in a long season. Oh yeah, and Charlie Blackmon, your basic everyday left-fielder, fractured his left foot today too, putting an exclamation point on this nightmare of a series.
The Rockies left themselves no margin for error by heavily underachieving in the early going.
Coming into this trip Jim Tracy expressed hope that his team could tread water and not lose much ground. Those low expectations are not being met and the Rockies are fading into the realm of irrelevance.
Even if the Rockies take two of three from Washington (and really what have we seen the past four days that would give that indication?) they will finish the trip 2-5.
That’s not gunna cut it.
Today’s loss leaves the Rockies six games under .500 and eight games back in the division. It leaves fans questioning the team’s talent.
A tiny sliver of hope remains based on the first-place Giants showing no signs of catching fire and running away with the NL West, but hope for the wildcard is almost certainly gone (11 1/2 back of Atlanta after this debacle).
Just like last year, a tough road trip may have just buried the Rockies.