Welp, if the Colorado Rockies got to play all their games at Coors Field, they’d be on pace to win 104 games.
Unfortunately, the team has to leave the friendly, mile-high confines of Coors to play half its games on the road. And if you do the math on that one, the team would be on pace to win … 26 games. Not a misprint. With a road record of 6-31 — that’s a .162 winning percentage for those scoring at home — the Rockies are, in fact, on pace to be the single worst road team in Major League Baseball History, “eclipsing” the 1935 Boston Braves, who bumbled their way to a .167 winning percentage.
The Rockies have lost six of seven. They dropped to 6-31 away from Coors Field for the majors’ worst road record. https://t.co/zO9rzuQc1l
— KREX 5/Fox 4 (@KREX5_Fox4) June 28, 2021
Further bright side: If the Rockies can somehow manage to play .500 ball on the road the rest of the way while keeping their torrid home pace, they’d end up with a 76-86 record, which, while not exactly something to put on a postcard, at least hints at respectability.
Props need propping up
As might be imagined, the Rockies chances to do anything besides play golf come October are not looked at as a reasonable expectation by the sportsbooks.
And while the Rockies are doing better than expected, so are the surprising first-place San Francisco Giants. And let’s not forget about the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. Add it all up, and the Rockies are +50000 on DraftKings to somehow win the NL West.
On the player prop front, well, it’s probably best not to look.
Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story both come in with +20000 odds to win the NL MVP, while Jacob deGrom is the favorite at -106. The Mets ace is also pacing the NL Cy Young field on DraftKings, with -1000 odds to take win for the third time. Meanwhile, Rockies righty German Marquez — he of the All-Star team and who is having a solid, if unspectacular, campaign — can be had for +20000 on FanDuel.
Could be time for a teardown
A few other pre-season props are also not looking like cashable tickets.
For instance, Story was +2200 on DraftKings to lead the majors in home runs. He has 11, a bit off the pace being set by Shohei Ohtani of the Anaheim Angels, who has 31.
In honor of his 27th birthday, here’s 27 seconds of Shohei Ohtani sending baseballs into orbit 🚀 pic.twitter.com/7r3rofH6N7
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 5, 2021
Meanwhile, Blackmon was +2200 to lead the entire league in hits. He has 67, which is “only” 39 away from current leader Nick Castellanos of the Cincinnati Reds.
Lastly, Marquez was +3300 to lead the majors in strikeouts. With 105, he’s 34 punchouts away from the current leader, Zack Wheeler of the Philadelphia Phillies. Not likely, but not impossible either.
As for next year, well, Story is a free agent. Everything starts there. If the Rockies don’t manage to re-sign him, the time for a full teardown and rebuild would seem to be right, especially considering the farm system is not exactly bursting with future superstars. In fact, MLB.com has the Rockies’ youngsters ranked as just the 28th most stocked system.
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