Rockies Announce 2020 Schedule, A Reminder Next Year Can't Come Soon Enough

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Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, left, takes the ball from relief pitcher Jake McGee after McGee gave up a two-run home run to Arizona Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Denver. (AP

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In each of the past two seasons for Rockies followers, the August release of the next year’s schedule was an out-of-sight-out-of-mind event. The Rockies were playing well, and more immediate matters commanded attention.

Namely, the prospect of playing meaningful September games and reaching the postseason. The Rockies did that in 2017 and 2018, the only consecutive playoff appearances in the franchise’s 27-year history.

That was then, and this now. The Rockies’ preliminary 2020 schedule was released Monday, hours before the Rockies (53-66) began a three-game series at Coors Field with the Diamondbacks that was more of the same. The Rockies took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but another bullpen meltdown led to an 8-6 loss. It was their sixth defeat in seven games and came in the wake of a 1-5 trip to Houston and San Diego.

The Rockies were a season-high six games above .500 (40-34) after sweeping a three-game series at Arizona from June 18-20. Since then, the Rockies have gone 13-32 for a .289 winning percentage. That was the worst record in the National League in that span and the second worst in the majors behind the Tigers (.200, 9-36).

The Tigers entered this season in rebuild mode and expected the losses to mount. The Rockies didn’t. Their October aspirations seemed realistic on Opening Day. But hours after the 2020 schedule was released, the Rockies, last in the NL West, fell 9 ½ games behind in the second wild-card race with eight teams ahead of them.

All of which means the 2020 Rockies schedule arrived Monday, carrying a can’t-get-here-soon-enough undertone that had been missing the past two years. So what does the schedule hold?

Rockies management likes the team to open at home on a Friday afternoon and begin the home schedule with a weekend series. That will happen April 3 against the Padres after Colorado opens the season March 26 at San Diego and plays four games there followed by three in Los Angeles before a day off before the home opener. That day off will be the first of seven scheduled in April.

The Rockies historically struggle on the road, so three-city trips can be ruinous. The Rockies have three such trips next season but only one involves a swing East. They play 10 games in 10 days from May 29-June 7, including three games each at San Francisco and Arizona and four at the Dodgers. That trip will conclude a stretch of 17 scheduled games in 17 days. The Rockies will also play 17 straight days from May 1-17 and play 19 straight days from Aug. 7-23.

After a day off Aug. 6, the Rockies have a 10-day, 10-game trip Aug. 7-16 with stops in San Diego (three games), Arizona (four) and San Francisco (three).

The Rockies also have an 11-day, 10 game trip from Aug. 24-Sept. 3. That jaunt includes two games at Texas followed by a day off and stops at Atlanta for four games and the Mets for three.

The Rockies have had three winning road records in their previous 26 seasons, including a franchise-best 44-38 last year and 41-40 in 2017 and 2009. Those were three of the five seasons the Rockies, the only team in the NL West never to win the division, reached the postseason as a wild-card team.

The Rockies are 24-38 on the road this season. They averted a 0-6 road trip with a win Sunday at San Diego but have lost 15 of their past 19 games and 19 of their past 25 away from Coors Field.

On three-city trips this season, the Rockies went 3-5 at Boston (1-1), Philadelphia (0-3) and Pittsburgh (2-1) from May 14-23. They went 5-4 from June 18-26 at the Diamondbacks (3-0), Dodgers (0-3) and Giants (2-1). And they went 3-7 from July 19-28 at the Yankees (1-2), Nationals (1-3) and Reds (1-2) in their final three-city trip this season.

Teams like to be home on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. The Rockies hit the holiday trifecta next year, playing the Dodgers on Memorial Day May 25, the Giants on Independence Day July 4 and the Cubs on Labor Day Sept. 7. Indeed, the Rockies won’t play the Cubs until September with their one trip to Wrigley Field a three-game visit from Sept. 18-20.

The Rockies will play 22 of their first 35 games on the road, a stretch that runs through May 6. If the Rockies are contending next season, their September schedule could be very beneficial. They’re scheduled to play 15 games of their final 20 games at Coors Field and 15 of 23 there for the entire month. The Rockies end the regular season Sept. 27 against Arizona, the conclusion of a six-game homestand against the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.

In interleague play, the Rockies will play the five American League Central teams and the AL West’s Rangers. Interleague home games include two against the Rangers on April 7-8, two against the White Sox on April 28-29, three against the Royals from June 22-24 and three with the Indians from Sept. 4-6.

Interleague games on the road include three at Detroit from May 4-6, two at the White Sox on May 19-20, three at the Twins from June 26-28 and two at Texas on Aug. 24-25.

The business at hand for the Rockies is about pulling out of a prolonged rut and finishing this season — there are 43 games left — with some measure of pride. But the release of the 2020 schedule signaled hope, which no longer exists this season.




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In each of the past two seasons for Rockies followers, the August release of the next year’s schedule was an out-of-sight-out-of-mind event. The Rockies were playing well, and more immediate matters commanded attention.

Namely, the prospect of playing meaningful September games and reaching the postseason. The Rockies did that in 2017 and 2018, the only consecutive playoff appearances in the franchise’s 27-year history.

That was then, and this now. The Rockies’ preliminary 2020 schedule was released Monday, hours before the Rockies (53-66) began a three-game series at Coors Field with the Diamondbacks that was more of the same. The Rockies took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but another bullpen meltdown led to an 8-6 loss. It was their sixth defeat in seven games and came in the wake of a 1-5 trip to Houston and San Diego.

The Rockies were a season-high six games above .500 (40-34) after sweeping a three-game series at Arizona from June 18-20. Since then, the Rockies have gone 13-32 for a .289 winning percentage. That was the worst record in the National League in that span and the second worst in the majors behind the Tigers (.200, 9-36).

The Tigers entered this season in rebuild mode and expected the losses to mount. The Rockies didn’t. Their October aspirations seemed realistic on Opening Day. But hours after the 2020 schedule was released, the Rockies, last in the NL West, fell 9 ½ games behind in the second wild-card race with eight teams ahead of them.

All of which means the 2020 Rockies schedule arrived Monday, carrying a can’t-get-here-soon-enough undertone that had been missing the past two years. So what does the schedule hold?

Rockies management likes the team to open at home on a Friday afternoon and begin the home schedule with a weekend series. That will happen April 3 against the Padres after Colorado opens the season March 26 at San Diego and plays four games there followed by three in Los Angeles before a day off before the home opener. That day off will be the first of seven scheduled in April.

The Rockies historically struggle on the road, so three-city trips can be ruinous. The Rockies have three such trips next season but only one involves a swing East. They play 10 games in 10 days from May 29-June 7, including three games each at San Francisco and Arizona and four at the Dodgers. That trip will conclude a stretch of 17 scheduled games in 17 days. The Rockies will also play 17 straight days from May 1-17 and play 19 straight days from Aug. 7-23.

After a day off Aug. 6, the Rockies have a 10-day, 10-game trip Aug. 7-16 with stops in San Diego (three games), Arizona (four) and San Francisco (three).

The Rockies also have an 11-day, 10 game trip from Aug. 24-Sept. 3. That jaunt includes two games at Texas followed by a day off and stops at Atlanta for four games and the Mets for three.

The Rockies have had three winning road records in their previous 26 seasons, including a franchise-best 44-38 last year and 41-40 in 2017 and 2009. Those were three of the five seasons the Rockies, the only team in the NL West never to win the division, reached the postseason as a wild-card team.

The Rockies are 24-38 on the road this season. They averted a 0-6 road trip with a win Sunday at San Diego but have lost 15 of their past 19 games and 19 of their past 25 away from Coors Field.

On three-city trips this season, the Rockies went 3-5 at Boston (1-1), Philadelphia (0-3) and Pittsburgh (2-1) from May 14-23. They went 5-4 from June 18-26 at the Diamondbacks (3-0), Dodgers (0-3) and Giants (2-1). And they went 3-7 from July 19-28 at the Yankees (1-2), Nationals (1-3) and Reds (1-2) in their final three-city trip this season.

Teams like to be home on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. The Rockies hit the holiday trifecta next year, playing the Dodgers on Memorial Day May 25, the Giants on Independence Day July 4 and the Cubs on Labor Day Sept. 7. Indeed, the Rockies won’t play the Cubs until September with their one trip to Wrigley Field a three-game visit from Sept. 18-20.

The Rockies will play 22 of their first 35 games on the road, a stretch that runs through May 6. If the Rockies are contending next season, their September schedule could be very beneficial. They’re scheduled to play 15 games of their final 20 games at Coors Field and 15 of 23 there for the entire month. The Rockies end the regular season Sept. 27 against Arizona, the conclusion of a six-game homestand against the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.

In interleague play, the Rockies will play the five American League Central teams and the AL West’s Rangers. Interleague home games include two against the Rangers on April 7-8, two against the White Sox on April 28-29, three against the Royals from June 22-24 and three with the Indians from Sept. 4-6.

Interleague games on the road include three at Detroit from May 4-6, two at the White Sox on May 19-20, three at the Twins from June 26-28 and two at Texas on Aug. 24-25.

The business at hand for the Rockies is about pulling out of a prolonged rut and finishing this season — there are 43 games left — with some measure of pride. But the release of the 2020 schedule signaled hope, which no longer exists this season.




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