They’re just two and a half games out of the NL West lead, putting them in striking distance to win the division with 46 games to play. By no means are they the best team in baseball, however, as their -19 run differential is 17th in the Major Leagues. Using this figure, the Rockies have a 55-60 Pythagorean record, suggesting that their 61-55 record is about six wins inflated. That’s not good.
While the Rockies are certainly playing above expectations, this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try to win down the stretch. With so much baseball to be played, a two and a half game deficit for any postseason spot can be easily erased. The Rockies should enjoy the luck that they’e had thus far. They should go forward with the strategy of putting themselves in the best position to win as many of the remaining games as possible.
This means they should deploy The Opener.
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