With the season winding down and the Rockies sitting 5.5 games back in the NL Wild Card race, it's looking like the team will miss the playoffs for the seventh straight year. The Rockies do have two series against the Giants remaining and one against the Cardinals, but it would take some ridiculously good play out of the team and some luck (FanGraphs' Monte Carlo simulations give us about a 2% chance of nabbing a Wild Card berth). Saunders writes about some things we can look to in September, including DJ LeMahieu's bid for the NL batting title and the Rockies increasingly crowded outfield.
Raimel Tapia joined Tyler Anderson, Matt Carasiti, Tony Wolters, Trevor Story, David Dahl, Jeff Hoffman, Carlos Estevez, and Stephen Cardullo as one of a group of nine players who have made their Major League debut this season. For the younger players, they're enjoying playing with the guys they've played with through the minors. We've heard about the next generation of Rockies players for a while now, but we're finally starting to see the dividends of a well-stocked farm system. I've started to grow weary of the whole "we're going to compete next year" schtick, but I really think we're going to compete next year. This is a fun group to watch.
With the Rockies outfield as crowded as it is, Gerardo Parra has found himself some playing time on the strength of a hot bat and a move to first base. His future will be of note as the Rockies close out the season and head into the offseason, as the Rockies have a number of talented outfielders.