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Colorado Rockies' midseason grade

July 14, 2017

(52–39, 9.5 games back in NL West, second place in Wild Card): Colorado rounds out a trio of legitimate playoff teams in the National League West. They couldn’t hold off the surging Dodgers atop the division and slipped to a 3-7 finish to the first half, but the Rockies have done a lot of good through 91 games. The upper-third of the team’s lineup is hitting over .300, led by Charlie Blackmon’s 20 home runs and 117 hits. The team’s pitching has receded a little bit, but there’s plenty of promise in Jon Gray and rookie Kyle Freeland, who came within two outs of a no-hitter last week. If the Rockies can pitch just well enough to buoy their potent offense, they’ll forge a path to the postseason for the first time since 2009. —Connor Grossman

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