Colorado Rockies: Can Charlie Blackmon become the next Todd Helton?

DENVER, CO - APRIL 1: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies runs towards first base during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Coors Field on April 1, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 1: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies runs towards first base during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Coors Field on April 1, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 07: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies reacts after striking out during the ninth inning of Game Three of the National League Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field on October 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Strikeouts

Current (6/3/21): 826 (3rd)

Leaders Ahead: Todd Helton (1175) and Carlos Gonzalez (1107)

Strikeouts needed for 1st Place: 349

Remaining Options High: 1186

Remaining Options Likely: 1096

Odds of #1: Could happen

Likely Standing: 1st-3rd

Todd Helton Time High: 1706

Todd Helton Time Likely: 1496

Odds of #1: 100%

Likely Standing: 1st

Now, this is a dubious distinction that Charlie Blackmon most likely does not want to have his name on, but this is the world we live in. If he is done with the Rockies after his option it really depends on his strikeout rate.

As baseball moves towards TTO, Blackmon has actually seen his strikeout rate decrease this season, so it’s possible that Chuck keeps the strikeouts low enough to remain in third as his contract years expire.

However, by the sheer volume of time, if Blackmon has a Helton-sized career, he will certainly eclipse the mark, he would have to average less than 50 strikeouts a year in order to not beat Todd’s mark. If he waits it out, this is one record that will certainly have Blackmon’s name on it.

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