We can’t talk about Rockies stats without bringing up Nolan Arenado, can we?
Nolan posted up a wRC+ in September of 169. That was his second best month this season and gave him his only back-to-back months this season with a wRC+ over 100 (157 in August).
He hit 7 HRs to get his season long mark to 41 HRs, his first 40+ HR season since 2016.
What’s most impressive is his September performance helped catapult him into 2nd in the NL in WARP at 7.1. For reference, he finished tied with Trevor Story for 5th in the NL with an fWAR of 5.9 and was 7th in the NL with a bWAR of 5.7. Nolan accumulated 1.3 of his total 5.9 fWAR in September.
Another impressive stat is just how much he increased his BB%. Nolan’s always been the type of guy to have a low BB%, but this September he bumped it up from August’s 5.4% all the way to 16.5% in September. That’s probably unsustainable going into next season as Nolan generally has a BB% between 9% and 10%, but it’s a positive to see that he’s finding additional ways to get on.
Not all was lost in September and plenty of positives were there to be found. In the ending of a rough season, hopefully these positives can help put the Rockies on the right trajectory in 2020.