Charlie Blackmon continues to earn national recognition for his outstanding season, this time in the form of the May National League Player of the Month award. The focus is often on the fact that he is leading the league in RBI from the leadoff spot, but his numbers are great across the board and were especially so in May.
For the season, Blackmon is now slashing .320/.355/.610 with 13 home runs and yes, those 47 RBI. Now just imagine if he hadn’t gotten off to such a slow start.
Chuck Nazty wasn’t the only one recognized for a good month of May. Closer Greg Holland earned National League Reliever of the Month honors. He continued his perfect record in save opportunities and allowed just three hits and one run.
Holland also won the award in April. For the season he has 20 saves, a 1.31 ERA and a 12.6 K/9 rate.
Clear your mind, take a deep breath, and say it with me: Coors.
Yes, the Rockies’ park factors stand out as above league average in a noticeable way. This dates back to 2013, as noted by Tony Blengino. Interestingly, rather than throwing the blanket over Coors Field and calling it one big stupid funhouse of offense, Blangino points to one specific batted ball type as the problem: 95-100 mph fly balls. Right or wrong, that’s one of a number of interesting things to consider in his analysis.
In an interesting exercise and certainly one not to be taken too seriously, Dayn Perry runs down his list of the top 100 players based on results so far this season. If you are in the business of taking these things seriously, you might find yourself stopping at no. 38 because that might be where Charlie Blackmon is on the list.
One other interesting note: Twins starting pitchers Ervin Santana is third on the list, and the Rockies tagged him for five runs and beat him last month, so that’s something.
Finally, here’s a great look at where the Rockies stand on their road to learning how to be a contender. More importantly, this takes a look at how fans can approach things with where the team stands in the big picture.