With this season’s Colorado Rockies, it’s very difficult to get an accurate read on the team. They will go through stretches where they play great baseball for a week and then revert back to the ugly losses Rockies fans have become accustomed to seeing too much lately.

Before Sunday’s 4-1 victory on the road against the Miami Marlins, the Rockies had scored a meager 4 runs in the previous 4 games combined (all losses). As Eric McKinley from PurpleRow points out, if you go back to the final two home games against the St. Louis Cardinals before the Marlins series, the Rockies have scored 12 runs in their last six games – simply not good enough. McKinley mentioned this after the Rockies win on Sunday, “What the Rockies can do against tough and unseasoned pitching in a friendly environment will tell us more about whether today’s pop will turn into something louder. It would also be a nice way to head back to Coors Field for an eight-game homestand.”

The Marlins who are one of  baseballs worst teams have now taken 5 of 7 from the Rockies this season. This is the type of team the Rockies absolutely have to get wins from if they have true aspirations of postseason play.

Now, the Rockies turn their attention to the Houston Astros (36-28, 1st in AL West), who to everyone’s surprise, are still one the best teams in the league. Colorado will play in Houston on Monday and Tuesday for the first two games of a four-game home-and-home series with the Astros. Following the games against the Astros, the Rockies will have an additional six games at home against the Milwaukee Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, before another 10 game road trip.

With the Rockies only 8.5 games back of the NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers, the time is now for the Rockies to stick their feet in the dirt and fight. If the pitching can stay above average and the bats can get hot again, there is no reason the Rockies can’t be playing meaningful baseball late into the summer this season.

Sammy Mugharbil, a Mile High Sports intern and student at MSU-Denver contributed to this report.