On a night when the Colorado Rockies tore the cover off the ball, Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 27 games, tying Michael Cuddyer for the franchise record.
Arenado, who became just the second rookie ever to win a gold glove at the hot corner last season, hit just .267 as a rookie, and his longest hitting streak was a mere 10 games. This year, Arenado is batting .326 with six HRs, 21 runs scored and 23 RBI.
Arenado will go for the franchise record against Matt Harrison and the Texas Rangers on Thursday.
Colorado’s bats have been on fire in May, averaging over eight runs per game. The Rockies are 6-1 in the month and are currently just percentage points behind the San Francisco Giants for the lead in the National League West.
The Rockies’ lineup is hands down (undoubtedly) the best in the National League, with All-Stars Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki leading the way. The signing of Justin Morneau seems to be paying immediate dividends, as a veteran presence at first base might be just what the doctor ordered for the relatively young Rockies.
With the emergence of Arenado and outfielder Charlie Blackmon, the Rockies flaunt an extremely deep lineup. It’s hard to imagine that Colorado’s bats will stay as hot as they currently are, but that doesn’t negate the fact that they’re rolling right now. Colorado currently leads the league in batting average (.317), runs scored (206), hits (376), home runs (49), doubles (83), on-base percentage (.354) and slugging percentage (.506). Yeah, they’ve been that good.
Obviously, the Rockies benefit greatly from playing their home games in the thin air of Coors Field, but their offensive dominance has been absolutely unbelievable thus far. Amazingly, Arenado’s streak might be more impressive (key word: might).