Colorado Rockies: Charlie Blackmon is in a “Nazty” slump
By Aaron Hurt
Lost in the shuffle of all the offensive struggles the Colorado Rockies have faced this season, there is one player who is currently in the midst of a slump that has been overlooked.
Whether it’s because other players are having a much harder go of it, most notably Ian Desmond and Carlos Gonzalez, or because he is a fan favorite but Charlie Blackmon has been in a slump and it has gone relatively unnoticed.
Blackmon, who signed a six-year contract extension worth up to $116 million on April 4, has had a rough month so far. In May, he is batting .250/.384/.450 with three home runs, six RBI and 14 strikeouts in 60 at-bats. To make matters worse, in the last seven games, his slash line is an ugly .192/.300/.308 with a homer, a pair of RBI and seven strikeouts in 26 at-bats.
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His power has disappeared as well. Even though he is third in the National League in homers with 12, before his two-run shot in the ninth against the Giants on Friday, he had gone 11 games and 46 at-bats in between long balls.
Chuck Nazty’s slump has also put a damper on Nolan Arenado‘s production. Arenado, who has driven in 130+ runs in each of the last three seasons, is on pace for less than 100 RBI. With a slumping Blackmon and the absence of DJ LeMahieu ahead of him in the lineup, Nolan has only driven in three runs (two of which were Blackmon runs) in the last 12 games, even though he has hit 15-for-46 (.326) in that stretch.
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Luckily for the Rockies, Charlie Blackmon looks as though he may be coming out of his month-long slump. With his homer in his last at-bat Friday and going 2-for-5 in Saturday’s loss to the Giants, he is starting to contribute to an offense that is desperate for help. If the Rockies have plans on taking over the National League West, they are going to need Chuck Nazty to get hot.