Hitting sixth for the Colorado Rockies, third baseman Ryan McMahon
Overall on the season, Colorado Rockies infielder Ryan McMahon’s best tool was his defense, which should (but, unfortunately, probably won’t) win him a Gold Glove and the Platinum Glove Award. He is also versatile as he can play all four infield positions but third base is his natural position and the position that he played 70 percent of the time in 2021.
But he did hit 23 home runs and he had 86 RBI with a slash line of .254/.331/.449. However, his season changed dramatically after June 15.
Through June 15, he hit 16 homers and had 43 RBI with a slash line of .261/.308/.527 in 67 games (62 starts). He was even fourth in the NL in homers.
But after that, his power plummeted … but he got on-base at a much higher clip. He only had 7 more homers in 84 games (77 starts) with 43 RBI. He batting average dropped slightly as he hit .247 in that span but his OBP was .348 and his slugging percentage plummeted to .383.
In the sixth spot, McMahon could be utilized well whether it’s the power-version of him or the on-base version of him. He, in theory and hope, wouldn’t have much traffic on base ahead of him since the four guys after Blackmon in the lineup are all 30-40 homer threats. But McMahon could easily be a 30-40 homer threat if he hits like he did early in the season (he was on pace for 39 homers through June 15).
He would also be another lefty after four straight right-handers.