Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has opened up September with a power surge. The 24-year-old entered Saturday’s game against the Giants with home runs in five consecutive games. He made it six with a two-run home run off of Jake Peavy in the sixth inning.
Arenado is the only Rockie to homer in six consecutive games. Dante Bichette (1995) and Larry Walker (1999) homered in five consecutive games.
Arenado has turned in a terrific season, batting .288/.324/.581 with 36 home runs and 105 RBI while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense at the hot corner. His 36 homers ties him with Josh Donaldson and teammate Carlos Gonzalez for third-best in baseball. No National Leaguer has homered more than the Rockies’ duo.
Mets starter Bartolo Colon ended the sixth inning of Saturday night’s start against the Marlins with a nifty behind-the-back flip to first base, preserving his consecutive scoreless innings streak. He went on to toss a shutout on 100 pitches.
Colon last allowed a run in the fourth inning of his August 21 start at Coors Field against the Rockies in which he lasted only 3 2/3 innings. Since then, he held the Phillies scoreless over seven innings in Philadelphia, pitched a scoreless inning of relief, shut out the Phillies again with eight innings at home, and blanked the Marlins over nine frames on Saturday. For those counting at home, that runs his consecutive scoreless innings streak up to 25 innings.
Colon, on the season, has a 4.18 ERA with a 127/21 K/BB ratio over 169 innings.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Angels first baseman Albert Pujols may have to DH the rest of the season due to a lingering right foot injury. Pujols dealt with plantar fasciitis last season, but it was in his left foot.
Pujols, 35, was having a terrific season, but has slumped since around the beginning of August. In 125 plate appearances since August 1, he’s hitting .228/.288/.377 with five home runs and 16 RBI. He has 35 home runs overall, his highest home run total since hitting 37 in 2011.
C.J. Cron should get the majority of starts at first base while Pujols serves as the DH, however long that ends up being.