Can the Rock­ies make the play­offs with­out mak­ing a trade?

The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING - Dilip Vishwanat, Getty Im­ages

Kiz: What’s the dang deal? The non­waiver trade dead­line is less than a week away, and so far Rock­ies gen­eral man­ager Jeff Bridich has stood pat, while the Cubs, Na­tion­als, Di­a­mond­backs and even the Roy­als have closed deals. We all know Colorado needs a right-handed pitcher in the bullpen. Please tell me Tyler Chat­wood isn’t the only an­swer. Groke: Kiz, let’s breathe for a minute . ... OK, I needed that. What’s funny is, our ques­tion could be moot by the time this sen­tence ends. Trade dead­line week moves that quickly. But if Chat­wood ends up in the Rox pen, tem­po­rar­ily or oth­er­wise, it will not be the end of Colorado’s ros­ter machi­na­tions. I can nearly guar­an­tee this.

Kiz: There has been far too much con­cern around here about whether Colorado can hold off the Cubs, Brew­ers or some team from an­other di­vi­sion for the fi­nal Na­tional League wild-card spot. That’s a loser’s men­tal­ity. The Rock­ies’ only goal should be to take down the Di­a­mond­backs and claim the No. 1 wild-card seed, so the win-or-go home game is played at Coors Field, where Ari­zona’s Zack Greinke or any vis­it­ing pitcher can be hit hard.

Groke: Agreed. Earn­ing en­try into a one-game play­off is fool’s gold. It’s noth­ing in the grand scheme. Win­ning in the play­offs is the goal. Even if this sea­son turned out bet­ter than planned for Bridich and Co. That means sur­viv­ing Septem­ber and ex­celling when the games get tight in Oc­to­ber. That means pitch­ing. And that means get­ting sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than the Rox are now.

Kiz: Get in the play­offs, and any­thing can hap­pen. Didn’t the Car­di­nals win the World Se­ries in 2006 af­ter go­ing 83-78 in the reg­u­lar sea­son? But let’s take a longer view for the Rock­ies. It’s cer­tainly pos­si­ble closer Greg Hol­land will move on from Colorado as a free agent be­fore next sea­son. So in ad­di­tion to a rental re­liever such as Philadelphia’s Pat Neshek, maybe Bridich should look for a setup man ca­pa­ble of mov­ing into the closer’s role for 2018. For ex­am­ple: A.J. Ramos of Mi­ami.

Groke: The price on Ramos is ris­ing. He is a wanted man. And there are draw­backs. He walks too many dudes (don’t tell Bud Black, he might flip). And Neshek is a fly­ball pitcher. For­get all of this. Jump into the pool. It is time to win. If Neshek or Ramos is bet­ter than Jor­dan Lyles or whomever, then go for it. Prospects are never guar­an­tees. It’s OK to gam­ble. Roll the dice.

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