Charlie Blackmon is on fire, but this is the kind of heat you don’t want to be extinguished. During yesterday’s game in Seattle, he extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Since beginning his hitting streak, he is 27-for-51 and within that has had three doubles and a homer against lefties.
His slash line is up to .458/.492/.695 with 18 RBI and 13 runs scored. He is currently leading all of baseball in AVG. Donavan Solano of the San Francisco Giants is close behind with a .455 AVG (a slash of .455/.475/.636). The next closest hitter is old friend (and Charlie’s BFF) DJ LeMahieu with a slash of .397/.426/.517
Stay hot, Chuck Nazty.
Garrett Hampson’s two RBI Friday night earned him a start in Saturday and Sunday’s games. This was the most we have seen of Hampson this season since Chris Owings is currently seeing more playing time as the Rockies go-to utility man. Last season, his .210 AVG and .573 OPS in 213 plate appearances from Opening Day to August 24, 2019 wasn’t pretty. Hampson was ready to take a look at his swing and was ready to make some adjustments.
Hampson dropped the leg kick and had drastic improvements even before the season ended last year. Hampson will still have some highs and lows — every hitter does. He is currently batting .250 after yesterday’s loss against the Mariners.
Something I don’t understand is that the Rockies are carrying three catchers currently. I’m not surprised by it, but I definitely don’t understand it. This weekend was the first time we saw Elías Díaz this season.
He was 2-for-4 on Saturday night which led us to believe he could be a more offensive catcher than Tony Wolters or Drew Butera. However, yesterday’s game he went 0-for-3, so the jury is still out on this one.
Zach Plesac was sent to Cleveland (from Chicago) in a rental car after breaking the health and safety protocols put in place by the Indians as well as MLB.
Major League Baseball has been emphasizing the need for players to be more careful and follow its protocols in the wake of coronavirus outbreaks with the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals. The episode with Plesac, the nephew of former big league reliever Dan Plesac, is the most high-profile evidence of baseball’s increasing concern about its guidelines.
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This was really fun to watch Saturday night.
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