Rockies Face Rough Road In Run to Post-Season

The Rockies are in the midst of the battle for a post-season invitation.

But there are obstacles they will have to overcome.

Let's take a look at what remains for the Rockies, Dodgers, D-backs and Braves.

Why those four? If the season ended today, the Braves would be the second NL wild-card.The D-Backs would be the NL West champion, and the Dodgers and Rockies are chasing the Braves for a wild-card spot, and the D-Backs for the NL West title.

NL Wild-Card & NL West Standings

Wild Card W L Pct GB Home Road
Brewers 66 51 .564 1 36-23 30-28
Braves 62 49 .559 - 28-23 34-26
Dodgers 63 52 .548 1 31-28 32-24
Rockies 60 54 .526 3.5 28-26 32-28
Cardinals 60 55 .522 4 29-26 31-29
Pirates 59 56 .513 5 33-29 26-27
Nationals 58 56 .509 5.5 29-28 29-28
Giants 57 58 .496 7 32-24 25-34
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NL West W L Pct GB Home Road
D-backs 64 52 .552 - 32-29 32-23
Dodgers 63 52 .548 0.5 31-28 32-24
Rockies 60 54 .526 3 28-26 32-28
Giants 57 58 .496 6.5 32-24 25-34
Padres 45 71 .388 19 20-36 25-35

Through Wednesday

So what's the challenge ahead?

It starts with the number of head-to-head games remaining. The Braves have four-game series with both the Rockies, at home, and D-backs, on the road. The Rockies and D-backs, however, still have home-and-home series, which means they can do damage to one another while the Braves watch from afar. And the Dodgers not only have a home-and-away with the D-backs, but have seven games remaining at Coors Field and three with the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

The Challenge Ahead

Remaining Rockies Dodgers D-backs Braves Edge Team Opponent Home
Games 48 47 46 51 D-backs Rockies 4 vs. Braves None
Home 27 22 20 30 Braves 7 vs. D-Backs 4
Road 21 25 26 21 Rockies 10 vs. Dodgers 7
Winning Team 33 27 27 36 Dodgers D-backs 7 vs. Rockies 3
Losing Team 15 20 19 15 D-backs 4 vs. Braves 4
Head to Head 21 17 18 8 Braves 7 vs. Dodgers 3
Dodgers 10 vs. Rockies 3
7 vs. D-Backs 4
0 Braves
Braves 4 vs. Rockies 4
4 vs. D-Backs 0
0 vs. Dodgers

The Rockies do have 27 of their remaining games at home, they have regained their home-field edge at Coors Field. They went into Wednesday 17-5 at Coors Field since June 19, the best home-field record in the NL in that stretch. The D-backs, meanwhile, are 8-13 at home since June 19, and the Braves are 7-10. And the Rockies will play 21 of their final 33 games at home.

What's Left: Rockies

Team H/R Series Opp. W-L
Dodgers Home 4-game 63-52
Astros Road 2-game 73-42
Braves Road 4-game 62-49
Padres Home 3-game 45-71
Cardinals Home 3-game 60-55
Angels Road 2-game 58-58
Padres Road 4-game 45-71
Giants Home 3-game 57-58
Dodgers Home 3-game 63-52
D-backs Home 4-game 64-52
Giants Road 3-game 57-58
Dodgers Road 3-game 63-52
D-backs Road 3-game 43-52
Phillies Home 4-game 64-50
Nationals Home 3-game 58-56
27H/21R 48 games

The D-backs, meanwhile, play 26 of thier remaining 48 games on the road, and that includes a nine-game road trip that opens on Friday with games in Cincinnati, Arlington, Tx., and San Diego. Those are three games who are a combined 54 games below .500, but they will be at home, and the D-Backs will be making a trip that requires stops in three time zones, and the first two series -- Cincinnati and Texas -- will have excessive heat without a roof to allow for the stadiums to be air conditioned.

What's Left: D-Backs

Team H/R Series Opp W-L
Reds Road 3-game 50-65
Rangers Road 2-game 51-65
Padres Road 4-game 45-71
Angels Home 2-game 58-58
Mariners Home 3-game 65-50
Giants Road 3-game 57-58
Dodgers Road 4-game 63-52
Padres Home 2-game 45-71
Braves Home 4-game 62-49
Rockies Road 4-game 60-54
Astros Road 3-game 73-42
Cubs Home 3-game 66-48
Rockies Home 3-game 60-54
Dodgers Home 3-game 63-52
Padres Road 3-game 45-71
20H/26R 46 games

The Braves do have 30 remaining games at home, but there are a couple of traps. They have 37 of their final 51 games against teams with winning record, inlcuding a makeup game against the Cubs, and series with division-leading Philadelphia, Boston, and the Dodgers. They also have one of those coast-to-coast road trip in September, taking them to Arizona and San Francisco.

They also play seven of their final 10 games against the Phillies.

What's Left: Braves

Team H/R Series Opp W-L
Brewers Home 3-game 66-61
Marlins Home 4-game 47-69
Rockies Home 4-game 60-54
Pirates Road 3-game 59-56
Marlins Road 4-game 47-69
Rays Home 2-game 57-57
Cubs Home 1-game 66-48
Pirates Home 3-game 59-56
Red Sox Home 3-game 81-34
D-backs Road 4-game 64-52
Giants Road 3-game 57-58
Nationals Home 3-game 58-56
Cardinals Home 3-game 60-55
Phillies Home 4-game 64-50
Mets Road 3-game 47-65
Phillies Road 3-game 64-50
30H/21 51 games

The Dodgers have 25 of the 47 games on the road, and seven of those road games are at Coors Field, beginning with a four-game visit this weekend. They have one three-city trip remaining, but it's a blessing in terms of going to the Midwest to play the Reds and Cardinals in mid-September, when the weather is cooler. They open that trip with three games at Coors Field. they do have two one-city trips remaining -- two games in Texas and three games in Seattle.

What's Left: Dodgers

Team H/R Series Opp W/L
Rockies Road 4-game 60-54
Giants Home 3-game 57-58
Mariners Road 3-game 65-50
Cardinals Home 3-game 60-55
Padres Home 3-game 45-71
Rangers Road 2-game 51-65
D-backs Home 4-game 64-52
Mets Home 3-game 47-65
Rockies Road 3-game 60-54
Reds Road 3-game 50-65
Cardinals Road 4-game 60-55
Rockies Home 3-game 60-54
Padres Home 3-game 45-71
D-backs Road 3-game 64-52
Giants Road 3-game 57-58
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