First – the facts. Rox 1 1/2 game up on the Brewers, 4 up on the Cardinals, 6 up on the Marlins. Let’s focus on these teams.
Rockies remaining schedule (28 games) – 2 DBacks, 3 Giants, 4 @ Dodgers, 4 @ DBacks, 3 Padres, 2 @ Giants, 4 @ Padres, 3 Marlins, 3 Dodgers
Brewers remaining schedule – 2 Nats, 3 @ Reds, 3 @ Cubs, 3 Pirates, 3 @ Marlins, 3 @ Pirates, 4 cubs, 3 Reds, 3 @ StL.
Cardinals remaining schedule – 2 @ Giants, 4 @ Padres, 3 Pirates, 3 Reds, 3 @ Cubs, 3 @ Reds, 3 @ Pirates, 4 Cubs, 3 @ Brewers.
Marlins remaining schedule – 2 Phillies, 3 Nats, 4 @ Braves, 3 @ Phillies, 3 Brewers, 3 Mets, 3 @ DBacks, 3 @ Rockies, 4 Braves.
Note that I’m not listing the DBacks. They’ve moved into a different zip code. They made a good move picking up JD Martinez. Couple that with AJ Pollock coming back from an extended injury absence, and they’ve essentially added 2 really good players to an already solid team. They also have a fresh Robbie Ray back from his scary looking head injury.
On the surface, the Rockies finishing schedule looks the toughest to me. But I’m wondering about the Dodgers mindset in September? They’ll be gentle with Kershaw. Looks as though they’ll rest Corey Seager at least the upcoming week due to a sore elbow. That’s the “good” news. The bad news is – can our really good run over the Giants in 2017 continue?
Our trusted friend Ag has been waiting for the expanded roster for a solid 2 months. Now the expanded rosters are here. I agree with Ag, we need to (and can) use this to our advantage. Of course our real need is a consistent offensive spark from someone not named Arenado or Blackmon.