Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has hit a home run in a franchise-record six consecutive games and will look to make it seven this afternoon against Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants.
"He's 24 years old, that's the thing I marvel at. The best is yet to come," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
Weiss said that Arenado's endurance has played a big part in the streak, which began as the final month of the season commenced.
"He plays pretty much every day, I don't give him many days off, but he still has that bounce in his step," Weiss said.
Arenado is back in the lineup today, batting third in a very right-handed heavy lineup for Weiss against the Giants' lefty.
With center fielder Charlie Blackmon among the left-handed hitters on the bench for Colorado, shortstop Jose Reyes, a switch hitter, will bat leadoff. After struggling initially upon coming to the Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzki trade, Reyes has picked things up of late, hitting .311/.340/.511 in the last 28 days.
"I think he is settling in," Weiss said. "He's very comfortable here, I think our guys have welcomed him with open arms. His energy has been infectious."
Wilin Rosario, Kyle Parker and Brandon Barnes are among the right-handed hitters getting starts for the Rockies today, and switch-hitting Cristhian Adames gets the start at second base, batting second.
The Rockies will counter Bumgarner with a lefty of their own in Yohan Flande. This will be Flande's 16th appearance and eighth start for the Rockies this season, and he has pitched quite well at Coors Field with a 3.62 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 32⅓ innings at his home park this season.
Flande will face a Giants lineup containing most of San Francisco's regular starters, though left fielder Nori Aoki is still out, replaced by Juan Perez, and Gregor Blanco will get the start in center field in place of Angel Pagan.
First pitch at Coors Field is at 2:10 p.m. Mountain time.