Colorado Rockies: 4 Things We Learned from Atlanta Sweep
DJ LeMahieu quietly does his job in a most excellent way
This is how the Rockies All-Star second baseman must feel some days…
Let’s face it … there’s no way that LeMahieu is getting the respect that he deserves for the season he is having. He blasted his sixth homer of the season in the fourth inning of Sunday’s win, tying his career high in that department. He’s already smacked a career-high six triples this season, part of a career-high 34 total extra-base hits he has accumulated this season.
Heading into Sunday, he’d put together a .344 average (73-for-212) since May 13. That’s the best in the National League during that time.
Seriously, are you not entertained? It’s easy to overlook DJ with the moonshots that CarGo, Arenado and Trevor Story have had this season. However, game to game and day to day, no one has been more solid this year for the Rockies than LeMahieu.
Speaking of Story…
When the outfielders just turn and watch a ball go out of the park, you know it was crushed. That’s exactly what happened in the fourth inning on Sunday.
Colorado’s rookie phenom blasted his 27th homer of the season 456 feet into the left-center seats. It continues an absolutely magical season for Story, who tortured Atlanta throughout the last two games. Sunday’s homer marked a stretch where Story went 6-for-7 at the plate with three homers and a double. And, just for good measure, he added a stolen base as well.
And it isn’t all just at the plate with Story either. His leaping grab of an A.J. Pierzynski soft fly ball into short center field squelched an attempted Braves rally in the second.
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We’ll dive more into Story in another article. There’s plenty to discuss on what has been and continues to be a historic season for him.