The Rockies are throwing away an elusive NL West title

Last weekend, the Colorado Rockies’ overpriced bullpen crumbled in a series of games versus the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. The Rockies fought their way to the top of the mediocre National League West in May, only to have the Dodgers knock them down.

That’s a familiar narrative.

On Thursday, the Rockies climbed back into a tie at the top of the division, only to stumble again as they lost to the Reds in 13 innings. The bullpen blew a three-run lead that the Rockies carried into the eighth inning. The Rockies’ experiment of throwing money at the bullpen is costing them more on the field than it is with the checkbook.

As the Rockies once again flirt with the top of the standings heading into a weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, they crave that top position in the division. No team in baseball seeks the respect a division title would bring more than the Rockies. They’re one of two teams in the MLB without a single division title — and the other one has two World Series rings.

The Rockies have failed to win the National League West in 25 straight seasons (their whole existence). The first year, they lost to the Atlanta Braves (when there were still four divisions in baseball instead of the current six divisions). Since then, they have watched the four other teams in the division sit atop of the NL West. The Los Angeles Dodgers have done it 10 times, the San Diego Padres four times, the Arizona Diamondbacks five times and the San Francisco Giants five times.

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Originally posted on Mile High Sports

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