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"Same record, same division, same run differential, divergent paths. The Rockies can’t afford to waste a season in which their core has been productive, because that core is ready to win now. They should be burning some capital, though not too much of it, even if a wild-card slot is the best they can do. The Padres, on the other hand, are on a freeroll in 2019, and can best help themselves by keeping their focus on the future, on adding talent around Tatis Jr., Machado, Paddack, and Gore, as enviable a young core as there is in the game."