Just like 2014 when he sat Justin Morneau, Walt Weiss has made it publicly known that he’s not above sitting DJ LeMahieu if it locks up another batting title for the Rockies. Considering that Daniel Murphy, who LeMahieu has a two point lead over, hasn’t played in over a week with a sore butt, and may not play another game in the regular season, I’m surprised we’ve seen DJ play at all the last week.
Thankfully, DJ has been playing and will most likely continue playing through almost the end of the season. However, it’s frustrating to see Weiss willing to do the littlest of thing to help DJ win a batting title, when he doesn’t seem as willing to do the little things to help the team win games.
According to Giants fans, Nolan Arenado really likes hitting against the Giants. In 67 games against them, he’s hit 19 home runs and has a .306/.357/.623 line. Good numbers for sure, however, that’s only a 45 home-run pace over 162 games and about 28% better than his career numbers overall. Arenado has definitely done better against the Giants than average, but a large part of his dominating numbers against them are more of a reflection on his general dominance of the game.
In the smaller sample size of just this season, things aren’t that much different. He has five home runs and a .324/.387/.706 line. Once again, great numbers but only 31% better than his overall numbers for the season, and 47 home run pace over 162 games.
Nolan has followed up last year’s stellar campaign with an even better one. Unfortunately, not only does the Rockies inability to have a winning campaign put a damper on Arenado’s spirits, it also puts a damper on his chances of winning the MVP this year.