Ignominious. It's a word that means shameful or degrading. It's a perfect one-word description of how this 2012 MLB season has gone for the Colorado Rockies. With five games left to play, the Rockies have only one thing to play for. Their record is currently 62-95. If they can win just one game in this final week they will avoid the dreaded 100-loss season. If they can hold on and win every game to end the season, they will finish tied with the 1993 and 2005 teams for the worst records in Rockies history. Lose one more game and they become the worst team ever to play in Denver.
Something Worth Fighting For
The Rockies are currently in Los Angeles for a three-game series against the Dodgers. The Dodgers are currently in a fight with the St. Louis Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot in the National League. L.A. is currently three games behind the Cardinals after defeating the Rockies Friday night 8-0. The Rockies may be 20 games behind the Dodgers in the standings, but they could do a lot to prevent the Dodgers from making the playoffs by beating them in one of their two remaining games this weekend.
If the Rockies manage to leave Los Angeles without that lone victory, then they have a chance in their final three-game series of the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks. They're 6-9 against Arizona in 2012 and finished a 1-3 series against them at home just last weekend. It's a daunting task, but it's still yet possible to get at least one win the rest of the season.
2012 Season Can't End Fast Enough
2012 will definitely be a forgettable year for Rockies fans, but there are a few bright spots. Tyler Colvin was a nice acquisition from the Chicago Cubs. The Rockies got good play from rookies Josh Rutledge, Wilin Rosario, and second-year player Jordan Pacheco. Unfortunately the pitching, both due to injuries and inexperience, was the worst pitching staff in the entire major leagues all of 2012.
It's still a little early to review the season given that it's not over yet. I will definitely be rooting for the Rockies to win every game the rest of the season. All we really want is one victory, but a nice little winning streak to end 2012 would be a small consolation.
Julie is a featured sports contributor for the Yahoo Contributor Network. A lifelong baseball fan, she began rooting for the Rockies upon moving to Colorado in 2001.
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