Though Todd Helton certainly has the ability to be a dangerous hitter he clearly isn’t the threat he once was several years ago. It tends to happen at the end of even the best careers that the player just can’t do what he could not too long before. Every now and then you get a glimpse of what made Helton the Colorado Rockies most feared hitter for several seasons. Recently he had the numbers in one game that he hasn’t had in months prior and it was clear that in at least one game Helton had plenty left in the tank.
On Friday Helton banged up the Cincinnati Reds for 2 home runs and 6 RBI. Those both account for a large percentage of his total for the season. He hasn’t played all season long of course but Helton has always been good down the stretch and in clutch situations. There do not seem to be many possible clutch situations left for the Rockies but you can bet that there actually are quite a few. Helton showing that he can still strike for a lot of power and runs was a great moment for the Rockies.
He still isn’t hanging around forever but it seems Helton might have more left than some thought. There is a little good fortune in those two swings that led to the six RBI. I’m sure both good fortune and good veteran instincts played a part and they probably can count on not seeing that kind of game again. Still, the fact itself shows that the Rockies have something more to look forward to while Helton is around than maybe even they thought.