On paper, the Colorado Rockies still have a mathematical chance at making the playoffs. But with the way they’re playing and the amount of ground needed to catch up in the division and wild-card races, it’s clear the season will end October 3 in St. Louis. This weekend’s crucial three-game series against the division-leading San Francisco Giants signaled the end, when the Rockies dropped two of three must-win games. A 2-1 loss Friday night was disappointing, yet the Rockies came back with a thrilling 10-9 extra-innings win Saturday. But yesterday’s 4-2 debacle was the likely death knell of any serious run at another Rocktober (recap via The Denver Post).

The Rockies have now dropped six of the last seven games, Fox Sports points out, leaving the Giants and the San Diego Padres in full control of the divisional and wild-card races. The Rockies also know they’re probably done (and so do the Giants, according to CBS Sports).

“Our chances every single day are getting slimmer,” shortstop Troy Tulowitzki told the Post after yesterday’s game. “Anytime you drop games late in the season, it’s tough to take….But at the same time, it’s part of baseball.”