Rockies Insider: How the national media grades Colorado in their power rankings

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela, ...

Michael Wyke, The Associated Press

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela, top, throws against Houston Astros batter Alex Bregman, left, during the first inning inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Houston.

The baseball season is already one-third of the way over. While the Rockies have been overtaken by the Dodgers in the National League West, the postseason is still very much in play for the boys in purple.

Here’s a look at how various national publications are grading the Rockies in their power rankings:

Bleacher Report (No. 9): “Since starting the season 11-3, the Rockies have gone 2-5 with a minus-18 run differential in their last seven games. A bump in the road or an unsustainably hot start leveling off? With the Astros and Dodgers awaiting this coming week, we should have a good idea of how they measure up by next Monday,” Joel Reuter writes.

CBS Sports (No. 9): “Huge week … it’s three against the first-place Dodgers,” Matt Snyder writes.

ESPN (No. 8): “David Dahl entered Sunday tied for last in the majors among position players with minus-0.9 WAR, thanks to an empty .194 batting average that includes no home runs and a poor 20-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Dahl was an All-Star in 2019, although he played just 20 games in the second half.” (No. 8): No comments posted.

The Ringer (No. 7): “The Rockies have fallen back to Earth a little in the past week, but what initially looked like a team that could make the playoffs only if everything went right has turned out to be legitimately good. Colorado’s got a top-notch starting rotation and a lineup that’s not very deep but has enough star power to make ends meet,” Michael Baumann writes.

USA Today (No. 8): “Daniel Bard, who hadn’t pitched in majors since 2013, had no walks through (his first) 10 innings,” Jesse Tomyov writes. Bard gave up his first walk against Texas on Sunday.

Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post

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