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.
After slugging two home runs in back-to-back games, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez only hit one last night. He’s slipping.
You really need to watch the sequence of his first-inning homer last night. CarGo came close to a home run with a fly ball along the right field foul pole, but the ball was ruled foul and the call was confirmed by replay review. He then took Chris Heston deep on the very next pitch. And there was no doubt about this one.
Gonzalez had just four home runs in 49 games going into June 6. He has 32 home runs in 77 games since.
Justin Morneau, whose career has repeatedly been derailed by concussions, is off the disabled list and back in the Rockies’ lineup after being sidelined since mid-May by another brain injury.
Morneau is at the point now where any further concussion-related problems could force him into retirement, but the former MVP is batting fifth and starting at first base tonight against the Giants.
Morneau is a 34-year-old impending free agent and played just 27 games for the Rockies before being shut down in May, but he won the batting title last season by hitting .319 with 17 homers and an .860 OPS for his best season since 2010 with the Twins.
He’s absolutely someone to root for, but Morneau coming back from brain injuries gets scarier and scarier each time and in this case the symptoms lingered for months.