Gone in 60 games? How Rockies have fared each season in their first 60 games – The Denver Post

A sampling of the greatest Rockies teams in franchise history supports one of baseball’s great clichés: It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Except, of course, for 2020.

If ever there was a season for an average Rockies team to sneak into the playoffs and make some noise, this one would be it.

Looking back at each of the franchise’s 60-game starts in its 27-year history, it becomes clear it doesn’t take a great team to get off to a great start. Heck, even last year’s 91-loss mess started the year 31-29.

Consider this: Of the five Rockies teams to reach the postseason, just three began the season with an above-.500 record in their first 60 games. The one team to reach the World Series? Those Rockies stumbled to a 29-31 start in 2007.

On the flip side, of the nine Rockies clubs to put up a winning record in their first 60 games, four finished below .500. And of those with the top three 60-game starts to a season, just one (2017, 37-23) qualified for the playoffs.

Here’s a look at the entire franchise history:

Year First 60 Run Diff. Record Playoffs (NL West)
2019 31-29 10 71-91 No (4th)
2018 31-29 -28 91-72 Wild card (2nd)
2017 37-23 52 87-75 Wild card (3rd)
2016 28-32 -8 75-87 No (3rd)
2015 27-33 -35 68-94 No (5th)
2014 28-32 11 66-96 No (4th)
2013 32-28 37 74-88 No (5th)
2012 24-36 -36 64-98 No (5th)
2011 28-32 7 73-89 No (4th)
2010 30-30 37 83-79 No (3rd)
2009 28-32 12 92-70 Wild card (2nd)
2008 22-38 -76 74-88 No (3rd)
2007 29-31 -43 90-73 NL Pennant (2nd)
2006 29-31 -30 76-86 No (4th)
2005 20-40 -76 67-95 No (5th)
2004 21-39 -64 68-94 No (4th)
2003 30-30 16 74-88 No (4th)
2002 31-29 12 73-89 No (4th)
2001 31-29 71 73-89 No (5th)
2000 34-26 37 82-80 No (4th)
1999 29-31 -37 72-90 No (5th)
1998 26-34 -47 77-85 No (4th)
1997 33-27 32 83-79 No (3rd)
1996 29-31 -37 83-79 No (3rd)
1995 32-28 -4 77-67 Wild card (2nd)
1994 27-33 -47 53-64 No (3rd)
1993 19-41 -124 67-95 No (6th)

 

— Matt Schubert, The Denver Post

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