Well, the Colorado Rockies keep right on losing. Four straight after the All-Star break, six straight overall. You might be tempted to simply write this season off and hide the remote, but there are some very good reasons to keep watching the Rockies the rest of the way this season.
First off, and most obvious, is getting a sense for next year's team. Guys like Nolan Arenado and Justin Morneau will surely be back next season, and how the second half goes could go a long way into how next season plays out. Charlie Blackmon, for instance, hit .317 in the second half of last season and he was able to parlay that success into an All-Star appearance this year. Look out for guys to get hot in the remaining games, because they could be the ones fighting for All-Star bids next year.
To go along with the potential of next year's squad are the September call-ups to watch out for. Will Jon Gray make his MLB debut? Will Eddie Butler get back to the Rockies? Will Trevor Story, Tyler Wilson or Cristhian Adames make an impact if and when they get the call? All these questions are very intriguing when it comes to the future of the Rockies and all will be answered by the end of the season.
Another reason to keep watching these Rockies is to see how bad things can get. They could be fighting for the first pick in next June's first-year player draft. They could be fighting to not lose 100 games this season. The worse this team is at the end of the season, the more likely it is some serious changes are made to the organization's front office. Dick Monfort is staunch in his personnel decisions, so these moves aren't likely in any case, but enough anger from the fans may just get something accomplished.
The last and most melancholy reason to keep watching the club is that these could be the last few months we see Troy Tulowitzki in a Colorado Rockies uniform. Trade speculation is swirling around the star shortstop, but a midseason move is unlikely. The offseason is a different story altogether, though. Tulo himself has fanned these flames a little bit when he said he doesn't want to play on a perennial loser. If he is traded this winter, fans would do well to say they were able to watch his last months in Colorado.
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