Colorado Rockies: Milestones that can still be reached in 2019
By Kevin Henry
The Colorado Rockies enter Tuesday night’s series opener in San Francisco with some individual milestones still in reach.
While the Colorado Rockies (67-89) could still potentially stay away from the 90-loss plateau by winning their final six games (three at San Francisco and three at home against Milwaukee), they could also reach 70 wins for the season by going 3-3 the rest of the way.
Those are team marks. What about individual player numbers? Here are the ones we’re watching.
Nolan Arenado enters play on Tuesday with 227 career home runs. He needs just one more to pass Carlos Gonzalez (228) for the fourth-most in franchise history. By the way, his 28 homers lead all active players against San Francisco. He needs one home run against the Giants to tie Todd Helton‘s franchise record of 29. Additionally, Arenado already owns the Colorado club mark of 11 at San Francisco. Only Paul Goldschmidt has more homers (13) at Oracle Park among active players who have never played for San Francisco.
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Colorado’s All-Star third baseman also has 1,155 career hits. Troy Tulowitzki sits in seventh place in franchise history with 1,164 hits.
Arenado also needs 11 RBI to tie Vinny Castilla at 745, which is the fifth-highest mark in Colorado history.
As a note, since August 1, Arenado has logged a .344 average with eight doubles, 19 home runs, and 37 RBI. That stretch includes a .343/.400/.716 slash line with a 1.116 OPS. He also has eight home runs and 14 RBI his past 19 road games.
Speaking of All-Stars, Charlie Blackmon is sitting at 47 triples in a Rockies uniform. He needs just two more to tie Neifi Perez for the third-most in franchise history. Additionally, Blackmon has totaled 169 home runs and needs just three more to tie Andres Galarraga for the eighth-most in franchise history.
A couple of Rockies are also within striking distance of 500 in two different categories. Ian Desmond currently has 492 career extra-base hits while reliever Jake McGee has 497 career strikeouts.