The Dodgers won the division with ease in 2019, especially in comparison to having to play Game 163 against the Colorado Rockies the year prior.
Some in the media had pegged the Rockies as the favorites to win the NL West coming into the season behind the star power of Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and German Marquez. This did not come even remotely close to fruition. Colorado finished fourth in the division with a 71-91 record, a whopping 35 games back of the Dodgers.
Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort spoke to the media after the regular season ended and demonstrated some real frustration with the Dodgers continuing to win.
Add Monfort: "The Dodgers didn’t really change a lot. Did they have any big signings? Pollock was the only one and he was hurt half the year. And yet, they won, what, 14-15 more games than they did a year ago? Part of the deal is, you have to be patient." https://t.co/s18KaTaBEX
— Nick Groke (@nickgroke) October 1, 2019
He cited his club’s lack of flexibility as a primary reason in why they most likely will not contend going forward:
“The Dodgers didn’t really change a lot. Did they have any big signings? Pollock was the only one and he was hurt half the year. And yet, they won, what, 14-15 more games than they did a year ago? Part of the deal is, you have to be patient.”
To put things into perspective though, the 2018 Dodgers underachieved in comparison to their Pythagorean record, basically the record that is expected for their run differential and quality of opponent by a whopping ten games. The club went 92-71, but was expected to go 102-61. The Rockies on the other hand, were expected to finish 85-78, but finished 91-72.
The Rockies are in a dark place and it is entirely fair that the Rockies’ ownership is frustrated. They have their hands tied financially and don’t have the winning product to compete with the Dodgers.
Sorry for being so good, Colorado.