Will Charlie Blackmon’s on-base streak continue?
Sure, there are plenty of people around the country who look at Charlie Blackmon’s road-home splits and scream how he is a Coors Field creation. We’re not arguing that Chuck Nazty has hit much better in Denver than he has on the road, but we’re also hoping that his All-Star Game home run might silence a few of the critics and their “Coors” comments.
No matter what you think about Blackmon and the effect playing at altitude has on his game, it’s hard to argue against just how dominant the now-33-year-old right fielder has been in Denver. Just how nasty has Chuck Nazty been? He’s hitting .460 at Coors Field and has a slash line of .460/.516/.964 with an OPS of 1.480. That’s not a typo.
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Consider this, every time the Rockies have taken the field at home this season, Blackmon has reached base. With numbers like that, maybe it isn’t a surprise to think about Blackmon has a home on-base streak of 32 games, the fifth-longest on-base streak to start a season in franchise history. If Blackmon reaches base against the Reds on Friday, he will tie Todd Helton for the fourth-longest streak in Rockies history at 33 games.
Blackmon continues to key the Colorado offense from the top of the order and how he goes sets the table for the rest of the All-Stars to follow in the lineup (David Dahl, Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado).
Oh, a quick piece of advice for the Reds starters, don’t fall behind on Chuck. Overall this season, he’s hitting .365 (combined home and away) when he gets ahead in the count.