Here’s the unfortunate truth sports enthusiasts face in Denver: the city’s soccer and baseball teams are the little brothers in their respective leagues. The Broncos are in the shadow of Patrick Mahomes and the World Champion Chiefs in the AFC West, while the Rockies play the second fiddle (or third or fourth fiddle) for seven-time defending National League West champion Dodgers.
How Denver dropped nine consecutive games to four-time defending division champion Chiefs is a topic for a Broncos story, but while we’re on little brotherhood, consider: The Rockies were a paltry 4-15 against the Dodgers last year ( .211 winning percentage). Ipso facto, the boys in blue absolutely owned Colorado.
To compete in the division this year, even in a shortened season with 82 games, Colorado will clearly have to play a lot better against Los Angeles than that. But last year was far from the first time the Rockies owned NL West.
Here’s a look at the eight other instances where Colorado was dominated by a particular division opponent over the course of a season.
2012: (64-98, 5th) – 4-14 (.222) against San Francisco
2011: (73-89, 4th) – 5-13 (.278) against San Francisco, 5-13 (.278) against Arizona
2009: (92-70, 2nd) – 4-14 (.222) against Los Angeles
2008: (74-88, 3rd) – 3-15 (.167) against Arizona
2006: (76-86, 4th) – 4-15 (.211) against Los Angeles
2002: (73-89, 4th) – 5-14 (.263) against Arizona
In an all-time display of division disability in the Rockies’ first season in which they ended 67-95, Colorado went 0-13 against the Braves in 1993. Colorado’s inability to take a single win against the Braves kept the Giants out of the league title, something the season’s NL MVP, Barry Bonds, has never forgotten.
“They haven’t won a single game – and (the Braves) won 104, we won 103,” Bonds told me in 2018. “That’s my lasting memory of the Rockies.”
– Kyle Newman, The Denver Post
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