Overall, it has been a very forgettable 2021 season for the Colorado Rockies.
The team is not playoff-bound, and Colorado’s season was pretty much over after the first couple of months of the campaign.
However, the Rockies have been playing with new life lately.
It’s too late for them to make the postseason, but the team has been playing much better since the summer started.
Here’s everything you need to know.
The Rockies Have Gone .500 Or Better In 3 Straight Months
The Rockies’ season was essentially over after the team went 9-17 in April and 11-17 in May.
Colorado’s brutal start to the year was not what the doctor ordered.
However, the team has played some really decent baseball throughout the summer.
The Rockies went 14-13 in June, 12-12 in July, and they’re 14-12 in August with one game remaining.
The club has been very watchable, and as a fan, that’s all you can really ask for when your team is going through a rebuild.
Keeping Trevor Story Might Have Been A Mistake, But He Has Been An Exciting Player To Watch Since The Deadline
The Rockies shocked fans when they held onto Trevor Story at the trade deadline.
He’s a free agent after this season, so the obvious move was to trade him and maximize the return.
Colorado apparently couldn’t find a deal it liked for the 28-year-old.
Regardless, Story has been playing some really good baseball since the deadline.
He’s batting .281 with a .963 OPS, five homers, 10 doubles, and a triple over 26 games since the Rockies decided to keep him.
— RoxGifsVids (@RoxGifsVids) August 31, 2021
The belief is that Story has no interest in staying with the Rockies beyond this season, so it’s a shame that this is likely it for him in Colorado.
C.J. Cron’s Production Has Been Through The Roof For The Past Month
Like Story, C.J. Cron is another guy who probably should have been traded at the deadline.
But the past is the past.
Cron has been playing out of his mind lately.
Over his last 24 games, he’s batting .400 with a 1.327 OPS.
He has homered 10 times and doubled eight times, and it seems like there’s no way to slow the 31-year-old down right now.
CJ Cron walk-off home run! Rockies beat the Padres! pic.twitter.com/BuSSH34cy1
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) August 17, 2021
He was batting .237 with a .790 OPS before his stretch started.
Today, he’s batting .275 with a .916 OPS.
The Rockies might want to think about keeping him around beyond this season.
He’s set to hit free agency after the year ends.
If Nothing Else, The Rockies Aren’t Showing Any Quit
The Rockies are 10 full games out of a Wild Card spot, so there’s really no chance that this team cracks the postseason.
However, the cub’s fight is admirable.
Despite having nothing to play for, Colorado is refusing to quit.
Here’s a semi-realistic goal for the Rockies: finishing at .500 or better.
The club is currently 60-71 on the year, so Colorado would need to put together a strong September to reach this goal.
It would have to go 21-10 over its final 31 games to finish the year at 81-81.
That might be a tall task, but it’s certainly not impossible, and it’s worth trying to get there.