Charlie Blackmon is having the best year of his career for the Colorado Rockies in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 18 August 2016 at 12:03 pm

30-year old lefty swinging CF Charlie Blackmon has stepped up his game in 2016 for the Colorado Rockies.  He has played in 108 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 141 of 438 (.322 avg, .924 OPS) with 84 runs scored, 21 homers, 60 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.  He has already set a new career high in homers (21) and he is working on setting new career highs in both runs scored (93) and RBIs (72)!  Blackmon has been absolutely been killing the ball so far in August.  He has played in 16 games in August for the Rockies so far this month and he is 29 of 70 (.414 avg, 1.374 OPS) with 24 runs scored, an amazing 9 homers, 16 RBIs and 2 stolen bases!  Blackmon has now played in 570 games in his first six years with the Rockies and he is 621 of 2,102 (.295 avg, .804 OPS) with 318 runs scored, 66 homers, 229 RBIs and 99 stolen bases.  Blackmon is already #7 in stolen bases (99) in Rockies’ history!  He is also #17 in games played (570), tied for #11 in batting average (.295), #17 in OBP (.346), #13 in SLG (.459), #13 in OPS (.804), #15 in runs scored (318), #14 in hits (621), #15 in doubles (111), #16 in triples (17), #14 in homers (66), #17 in RBIs (229) and he is #23 in walks (126) in Colorado Rockies’ history!

Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 July 2016 at 2:47 pm

30-year old lefty swinging outfielder Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies has been selected to the All Star team for the 3rd time in his career.  Gonzalez has played in 85 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 107 of 336 (.318 avg, .924 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 19 homers, 54 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He has now played in 999 games in his first 9 years in the show and he is 1,085 of 3,707 (.293 avg, .875 OPS) with 628 runs scored, 195 homers, 608 RBIs and 114 stolen bases.  Gonzalez is going to appeal to a lot of buyers in the trade market later this month, so this might be his last All Star Game as a member of the Colorado Rockies.

Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 July 2016 at 2:43 pm

25-year old righty swinging 3B Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies has been selected to the All Star team for the second time in his career.  Arenado has played in 87 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 98 of 342 (.287 avg, .930 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 23 homers, a N.L. leading 70 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Arenado has now played in 488 games in his first four years with the Rockies and he is 529 of 1,876 (.282 avg, .838 OPS) with 264 runs scored, 93 homers, 313 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Arenado is just getting started and I think he is going to be an All-Star many more times before his career is over!

Trevor Story is the real deal for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 5 July 2016 at 11:50 am

23-year old righty swinging SS Trevor Story is the real deal for the Colorado Rockies.  He has played in 75 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 78 of 296 (.264 avg, .876 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 19 homers, 50 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  He is second on the Rockies in homers, third on the team in RBIs and he is tied for fourth on the team in runs scored.  Story does have some holes in his swing, as he has whiffed a National League leading 106 times so far this year.  Story hits for a higher average at Coors Field (.280) than he does on the road (.247), but he has hit more homers on the road (11) than at home (8) which really impresses the heck out of me.  I think Story is going to have a long and very productive career with the Colorado Rockies and it’s just beginning in 2016.

Ryan Raburn is raking at the plate for the Colorado Rockies in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 24 May 2016 at 4:11 pm

35-year old righty swinging outfielder Ryan Raburn is making the most of the playing time he has been getting for the Colorado Rockies so far in 2016.  He has played in 33 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 18 of 60 (.300 avg, 984 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 5 homers and 12 RBIs.  He has had 18 appearances as a pinch hitter so far this year and he is 5 for 16 (.313 avg, 1.076 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers, 4 RBIs and 2 walks!  The Rockies should find a way to get Raburn some more ABs moving forward.

D.J. LeMahieu is a silent star for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 8 May 2016 at 8:25 am

27-year old righty swinging D.J. LeMahieu is never talked about when people talk about the better 2B in all of baseball, but he should be.  LeMahieu has played in 28 games for the Colorado Rockies so far this year and he is 31 of 103 (.301 avg, .785 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 2 homers, 10 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  He has now played in 554 games in his first six years with the Rockies and he is 529 of 1,854 (.285 avg, .704 OPS) with 230 runs scored, 17 homers, 167 RBIs and 57 stolen bases.  He was a National League All-Star in 2015 (for the first time) and he won a Gold Glove Award in 2014.  He is a rock solid player for the Rockies!

Ryan Raburn is raking for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 4 May 2016 at 1:16 pm

35-year old righty swinging outfielder Ryan Raburn is crushing the baseball so far this year for the Colorado Rockies.  He has played in 20 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 13 of 36 (.361 avg, 1.220 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 4 homers and 8 RBIs.  Raburn has a reputation for crushing lefty pitches and he is living up to that so far this year.  He is 6 for 15 (.400 avg, 1.633 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBIs against them so far this year.  The Rockies need to find some more ABs for Raburn moving forward.

The Colorado Rockies are getting good work from their 1B

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 7:27 am

32-year old righty swinging Mark Reynolds and 28-year old lefty swinging Ben Paulsen are giving the Colorado Rockies a lot of production at 1B so far in 2016.  Reynolds has played in 18 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 14 of 47 (.298 avg, .868 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs.  He was whiffed 18 times already this year, but what you see is what you get with Reynolds…..a lot of power along with a ton of whiffs.  Paulsen has played in 18 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 14 of 43 (.326 avg, .895 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs.  He has whiffed 13 times so far this year, but the Rockies will put up with it as long as he is raking at the plate.

Nolan Arenado is rolling for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 18 April 2016 at 10:16 am

Let Trevor Story get all the ink, because I’m sure that 25-year old righty swinging 3B Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies would rather sneak up on teams.  If that is even possible!  After all, he played in 157 games for the Rockies last year in which he was 177 of 616 (.287 avg, .898 OPS) with 97 runs scored, 42 homers (led National League), 130 RBIs (led Major Leagues) and 2 stolen bases.  He was an All-Star and he won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award for the Rockies in 2015.  He also finished 8th in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award in 2015.  He is off to another blazing start as he cranked two solo homers yesterday at Wrigley Field to power the Rockies to a 2-0 win!  He has played in 12 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 14 of 50 (.280 avg, 1.021 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 6 homers and a Major League leading 16 RBIs!  The Rockies hope that Arenado keeps up the good work as he is one of the very best all-around players in baseball right now.

The bench is off to a good start for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 8 April 2016 at 7:44 am

The Colorado Rockies‘ bench is looking impressive so far this year.  Righty swinging OF Ryan Raburn has played in all 3 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2 for 5 (.400 avg, 1.400 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI.  Righty swinging outfielder Brandon Barnes has played in 2 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2 for 3 (.667 avg, 1.417 OPS), but he has already been caught stealing twice.  Lefty swinging 1B Ben Paulsen has played in 2 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2 for 4 (.500 avg, 1.500 OPS) with 1 run scored and 2 doubles.  These guys might not start a lot of games in 2016, but they will play in a lot of games due to the pinch hitting needs of the Rockies.  I don’t see many complete games out of their starting rotation in 2016.

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