Colorado’s Nolan Arenado was held out of Saturday night’s starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a right shoulder strain, though the Rockies remain hopeful the injury won’t result in a trip to the disabled list for their power-hitting third baseman. “He got looked at by our medical staff. They all seem to think that this is something minor,” manager Bud Black said. “Hopefully this resolves itself quickly where he can get back on the diamond as an infielder. I suspect that this is not anything that’s going to last too long. I think it’s going to be manageable.” Arenado was lifted from Friday night’s game in the fifth inning after it became too painful to use his right arm to throw the ball. Black said the All-Star would continue to dress for games and could be called on to pinch hit if needed, though he remains day to day as far as returning to the infield. Arenado, 27, is hitting .307 with 29 home runs and … [Read more...] about Rockies’ Nolan Arenado held out of lineup with sore shoulder
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Nolan Arenado insists it’s too early to comment on the National League MVP race, one sure to be headlined down the homestretch by himself and Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman. And while much of his candidacy for the award is dependent upon whether the Rockies can hang around long enough to make a serious run at the divisional title in September, Colorado’s third baseman believes his 2018 ceiling is yet to be reached. “Obviously, I hear some things about the MVP chase, but there’s so many games left — we have a month and a half left, and a lot at-bats in front of me,“ Arenado said. “I feel like I can get better. I haven’t been playing my best ball lately, so hopefully I continue to improve down the stretch.” Heading into Friday, Arenado ranked second in the National League in home runs (29), tied for third in RBIs (82) and sixth in batting average (.308). And with the glove, he’s ranked first among all NL third … [Read more...] about Journal: Nolan Arenado will let his play speak for itself, but believes his MVP campaign still hasn’t reached its ceiling
Kiz: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is the best player in the National League. Period. Isn’t that obvious to anyone who lives in Colorado and watches Arenado blast loud home runs and make jaw-dropping plays with his glove? But it’s the rest of the country I worry about. What does Arenado have to do in order to overcome the bias against Coors Field and be crowned the most valuable player? Saunders: I think the Rockies will have to win the National League West or, at the very least, stay in the race until the final week of the season. I do think a lot of voters have seen enough highlights to appreciate Arenado, but the mile-high stigma is tough to overcome. After all, Arenado’s home OPS is 1.120 vs. .847 OPS on the road. Kiz: A year ago, Arenado finished fourth in the MVP voting, in no small part because Charlie Blackmon enjoyed the best season of his career and split support with his Colorado teammate. So with Chicago Cubs infielder Javy Baez a legit MVP … [Read more...] about Kiz vs. Saunders: What must Rockies’ Nolan Arenado do to be named MVP of NL?
MILWAUKEE — With a third of the season remaining, it’s looking like a two-way race between Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado for National League MVP. There are a few things to consider here. First off all, neither all-star has ever finished in the top three in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Second, the race could very well come down to which team plays better down the stretch. If the Braves beat out the Phillies for the NL East title, Freeman will garner some momentum, but if the Rockies find a way to beat out the Dodgers and Diamondbacks for Colorado’s first division title, Arenado will win the award. Freeman is a terrific first baseman, but he doesn’t change a game on the diamond the way Arenado does. Entering the weekend, here’s a basic statistical comparison: Freeman: .315 batting average, 18 home runs, 69 RBIs, .926 OPS and 4.6 WAR Arenado: .308 batting average, 28 … [Read more...] about Saunders: Nolan Arenado’s MVP chase, the Tooth Trot and other topics
We would all like to see the Rockies win the World Series. But do you want it as badly as Nolan Arenado? Does anybody? Here’s what makes me wonder how long Denver can keep the most talented player in franchise history: Will this football town ever love baseball half as much as Arenado does? “I want to win. And I don’t want to be part of a losing team,” Arenado said Tuesday, when reigning champion Houston came to Denver. The Astros own what Arenado wants: real big rings. In all his 27 years on earth, know the most intense and passionate 3 hours and 54 minutes of Arenado’s baseball life? It was a game he lost 11-8 to Arizona on Oct. 4, 2017. But those 3 hours and 54 minutes were more precious to Arenado than any of his five Gold Gloves or 173 home runs in the major leagues. “It was the best experience of my life,” said Arenado, even if his playoff experience was painfully short. “Like four hours,” he said. But those 3 hours and 54 … [Read more...] about Kiszla: Will football-loving Denver ever ache to win the World Series the way Nolan Arenado does?