Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon did very well in the 2017 Home Run Derby but not well enough
Charlie Blackmon was asked to participate in the Home Run Derby and he did not disappoint but the end of his road came earlier that Rockies fans wanted as he eliminated in the first round of play.
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Blackmon v. Bellinger in the Derby
In the first round of the Home Run Derby, Charlie Blackmon faced the Cody Bellinger, first baseman/outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Blackmon did not hit the home runs as far as his counterparts but he still hit 14 of them in the allotted four minutes (30 seconds could have been added if he hit two homers longer than 440 feet but his longest homer was 434 feet). However, on Bellinger’s last swing, he hit home run number 15. He hit two home runs farther than 440 feet so he was granted an extra 30 seconds. Before the extra 30 seconds, Bellinger was only at 13 home runs but in the extra time, he hit two more to eclipse Blackmon to advance to the second round.
Blackmon v. Bellinger in the first half
Blackmon entered the All-Star break tied for lead (with Nolan Arenado) in the NL in games played with 89, plate appearances (406), hits (117), and triples (13). He’s tied for 8th in the NL in HRs (20), tied for 10th in RBIs (61), 5th in batting average (.319), 20th in on-base percentage (.372), and 5th in the NL in slugging percentage (.583), and an OPS+ of 130.
Bellinger made his MLB debut on April 25 and he has hit 25 HRs (third best in the NL), tied for 15th in RBIs (58), a .261/.342/.619 slashline (the .619 slugging percentage is 2nd best in the NL), and a 147 OPS+.