Charlie Blackmon, Jose Fernandez named Co-NL Players of the Week
Apr 4, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) at bat during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. The Rockies won 12-2. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon and Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez were both named co-NL Players of the Week Monday afternoon. This came to no surprise for Blackmon who would go 6-for-6 in Colorado’s home opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday afternoon. Blackmon would hit three double’s to go along with a home run and 5 RBI’s. He was the first Rockies player since the ‘Big Cat’ Andres Galarraga, who went 6-for-6 back on Jul. 3rd, 1995.
Apr 5, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) throws the ball against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jose Fernandez would pick up the honors as well as Colorado saw him in the first game of the regular season. Fernandez pitched six strong innings against Colorado, giving up five hits, one earned run (Carlos Gonzalez solo-homer) while striking out nine batters. He would present a challenge for the San Diego Padres on Apr. 5th, throwing 6 2/3 innings, giving up just three hits while striking out eight batters on 108 pitches. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year has accumulated a record of 2-0 on two starts to begin the season with a 0.71 ERA and 17 strike outs.
Meanwhile for Rockies outfield Charlie Blackmon, he has silenced the talk about the center field position for now. In seven games played, Blackmon is batting (13-for-24) at a line of .542/.560/.792 with three doubles, one home run, and six runs batted in. The others players that were considered for the award were Brandon Belt (San Francisco Giants), Zach Greinke (Los Angeles Dodgers), Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins) and his teammate Casey McGehee,