Colorado Rockies: Charlie Blackmon named NL Player of the Month for June
Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon was just named the winner of the National League Player of the Month for his play in the month of June.
Even though he didn’t make his June debut until the 8th of the month, Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon was just named the winner of the National League Player of the Month for his play in the month of June.
He spent the first seven days of the month on the injured list with a right calf strain but he returned to the Rockies with a vengeance.
In 22 games in the month (21 games), he hit .412/.441/.835 with an astounding 10 home runs, 25 RBI, 30 runs, and 40 hits, including seven doubles and two triples. That is equivalent to 74 home runs, 185 RBI, 221 runs, 295 hits, 52 doubles, and 15 triples for a 162 game schedule.
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From June 13 through June 18, in the five Rockies games played in that span, he had at least 3 hits in each game, including four hits in each of the first three games. Per the Rockies PR team, that was the first time a Rockie ever accomplished that and the first time a player had four hits or more in three consecutive games sine Rafael Furcal accomplished the feat in 2007.
Additionally, from June 13-16 in the Rockies series with the Padres at Coors Field that saw the most runs ever scored in a four game series, Blackmon had 15 hits, which is the most in a four games series or less in the modern era (since 1900).
Entering today, Blackmon is hitting .336/.383/.648 with 20 home runs and 56 RBI.
Interestingly enough, Blackmon’s former teammate and former Rockie DJ LeMahieu won the AL Player of the Month award for his play in June as well.
In 25 games in June, he hit .395/.434/.658 with six home runs, 29 RBI, 26 runs, and 45 hits, including 8 doubles and two triples. Entering play today, he is hitting .341/.387/.527 with 12 home runs and 61 RBI.
Both Blackmon and LeMahieu will be in Cleveland next week as LeMahieu will be the starting second baseman for the AL and Blackmon will one of the reserve outfielders for the NL.