The Rockies will enter September 3.5 games back of the Dbacks and hopefully 3.5 games ahead of the Brewers (if they lose on Thursday night). This puts them in a good position for September and holding onto the second wild card spot, but they absolutely need to play better, as August was their first losing month of the year. The Rockies do not have an easy September schedule, but they play a lot of familiar teams and play a lot of meaningful games.
With September call ups, the Rockies bench will immediately be strengthened, which hopefully means seeing a lot less of Alexi Amarista. A couple players have been bad this year, Story and Cargo are both out machines, but having a player like Amarista off of the bench is absolutely worthless. He provides no power, he is a below average fielder, and he just doesn’t threaten a team late in the game.
This isn’t to say Amarista is the reason for the losing month, but as of right now, when the Rockies are trailing late, they normally lose without even making it close. Having some reinforcements will give the Rockies flexibility, and hopefully create some offense in the seventh or later.
The pitching has been good, both from starters and the bullpen, but the offense has been struggling. It has been well chronicled with just how much the offense has struggled with getting the clutch hit or even scoring runs. The home run has eluded the team this year as they are in the bottom half of the league and players just aren’t stringing hits together or taking advantage of walks, something other teams have been doing well against Colorado.
The Rockies immediately start September with the most important series of the year thus far, a series against the Dbacks. This series can’t put them ahead of Arizona for the Wild Card lead, but it can build momentum and hopefully get this team on the right track and set for the one game playoff.