On this evening, the Rockies needed a win in the worst way in order to stay in the thick of the NL West race. Thankfully, they succeeded with a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins. This was the third contest of a four-game series with the Marlins, who had won the previous two games.
Colorado is currently third in the NL West standings, behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, with a record of 49-53. Being five games back of the Dodgers in late July, the Rockies must start making their push right now.
Finally, we enter in Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who surpassed Hall-of-Famer Wade Boggs on the all-time MLB doubles list with his 579th last night. Wow, talk about some great company.
Helton is now just four doubles away from matching the great Robin Yount with 583 career doubles. He is now only 25 extra-base hits away from 1,000 in his storied career, the entirety of which has been spent playing for just one team. His 975 extra-base hits ranks him 35th all-time in the history of baseball. As most of you might guess, the marvelous Hank Aaron ranks first all-time with a baffling 1,477 extra-base knocks.
If we turn back the clock to last Saturday at Coors Field against the Chicago Cubs, we’ll find the Toddfather producing his 191st three-hit game. This amazing feat has him just one three-hit game away from matching “the Bambino”, Babe Ruth, with 192 all-time. Equally impressive this season is Helton’s zero errors, and we are already in late July.
The veteran is also setting the tone at the plate for the Rockies, batting .349 in July. He will turn 40-years old in August, yet he looks healthy enough to play another two or three years before retiring as a Rockies lifer.
Colorado Rockies fans should be on the edge of their seats waiting for Todd Helton to keep making new entries in the MLB history books.