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.
The Denver Post spoke with Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado about the Troy Tulowitzki trade. He’s not exactly pleased:
“I was shocked, we all were, by Tulo getting traded. I’m hurt. Tulo’s been the one guy who has been by my side ever since I was in (Single-A) Asheville. It’s disappointing. That is not the guy I wanted to see go . . . I don’t know any of these dudes we got. But I think if we were going to trade Tulo, I would think it would be for an ace, an established veteran pitcher. Obviously we are starting to rebuild from the ground up.”
He also assumes Carlos Gonzalez is out the door next and says he’ll be disappointed at that too.
The Rockies are thought to be trying to sign Arenado to a long term deal. It doesn’t sound like he’s all that enthused by the organization, however. Of course he’s a Scott Boras client who is eligible for free agency in a couple of years and team loyalty is just as quaint a concept to guys in that position as it is to the folks who do things like trade Troy Tulowitzki, so let’s not get too emotional here.
Still: if you’re a potential free agent with leverage these days, why exactly would you want to sign with the Rockies anyway?
The range, the arm strength, the confidence. Watch as Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado robs Padres catcher Austin Hedges of at least a single on Saturday night at San Diego’s Petco Park …
Arenado, 24, also has an outstanding .910 OPS with 24 home runs and 70 RBI in 87 games this season. If his offensive and defensive development continues apace, he’ll be an MVP finalist at some point soon.