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Dodgers: Rockies Owner Frustrated by LA’s Success

The Dodgers won the division handily this season.

MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 05: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies at bat during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on August 5, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Rockies defeated the Brewers 5-4 in eleven innings. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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.

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.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. The biggest reason I and others see is where the Rockies play half their games, Coors Field. It is not a favorable place for pitchers to be all that successful with that thin air and what it takes out of them physically every year. Even the position players must be finding it tough to have to continually adjust to that high altitude to then going back down to sea level to play

  2. Consider moving. You’ll never have sustained success in that environment, just occasional playoff teams. Maybe Salt Lake City?

  3. Oh boo hoo, the Rockies should consider moving it has to be hard playing there for any player. They shouldn’t have spent so much on a long term deal for one player it never helps it always hinders the teams spending flexibility. Another reason i never wanted Machado or Harper because of lengthy and high paying contracts.

  4. I think it’s pretty funny….they are so envious and preoccupied with the Dodgers it makes me smile……especially when I listen to Drew Goodman on their game broadcasts spreading negatives about the Dodgers and trying to mesmerize the Rockies fans into believing they can actually compare themselves to the Dodgers. They fell behind so far this season they stopped showing the NL west standings before games on their broadcasts by the all star break. I did feel sorry for Arenado though……he and Chuck Nasty deserve so much better than being there.

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