After failing to meet expectations, is time running out for the Rockies? | The Athletic ($)

Having just passed the mid-way point of the season, the Rockies are hovering around .500 and have been playing mediocre baseball for what feels like weeks. They’re not terrible and they’re not great—just stuck in the middle. And as the trade deadline approaches, an important question remains: will the Rockies be buyers or sellers in 2018?

Jeff Bridich is known for keeping the wheeling and dealing of the Rockies front office close to the vest and out of the public’s watchful eye and attentive ears, but yesterday he admitted, “Nobody is going to feel sorry for us and nobody will come to our rescue. We have to do it ourselves.” If you ask me, it sounds like the Rockies won’t exactly be shopping for a sparkly, new addition to the team this July.

But maybe—just maybe—they don’t need to. As DJ LeMahieu mentions in Groke’s article, the Rockies have high expectations for themselves, and they might be turning the corner. They are 6-4 over their last 10 games and have won three in a row against division rivals, including back-to-back pitching gems from Germán Márquez and Tyler Anderson.

The NL West—which saw the D-backs go 8-19 in May before putting on their “big-boy pants” (according to Bridich) and go 19-8 in June—is wide open, and the Rockies still have a chance to catch fire. They’re only 6.5 games behind in the West and 4 back of a wildcard spot with 79 games left to play. Does this roster have what it takes to make a run, or has time run out on the hope of a successful season in 2018?

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