Saunders: Nolan Arenado’s MVP chase, the teeth Trot and other themes
MILWAUKEE — With a third of the season ultimate, it’s searching like a two-means race between Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado for countrywide League MVP.
There are a couple of things to trust here. First off all, neither all-star has ever entire within the precise three in balloting by means of the Baseball Writers’ affiliation of the usa. 2nd, the race may very smartly come all the way down to which crew plays superior down the stretch. If the Braves beat out the Phillies for the NL East title, Freeman will garner some momentum, but when the Rockies locate a method to beat out the Dodgers and Diamondbacks for Colorado’s first division title, Arenado will capture the award.
Freeman is an amazing first baseman, however he doesn’t exchange a game on the diamond the manner Arenado does.
entering the weekend, here’s a fundamental statistical assessment:
Freeman: .315 batting average, 18 domestic runs, sixty nine RBIs, .926 OPS and 4.6 conflict
- Arenado: .308 batting usual, 28 home runs, 80 RBIs, .983 OPS and 4.3 struggle
- Some hit-and-run notes from the road:
— each time i’m going to St. Louis, I’m struck by means of the identical three suggestions. First, the Cardinals mean as a whole lot, or extra, to their metropolis, state and location as the all-mighty Broncos imply to Colorado. second, the Cardinals’ basic, luminous and conventional uniforms are the most appropriate in baseball.
Third, the Rockies always play bad baseball at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals have gained each home collection against the Rockies due to the fact that 2010 and are 34-13 at Busch Stadium III all-time vs. the Rockies, the optimum winning percent .723 against any national League crew on the ballpark.
— When i used to be jogging the through tunnel at Miller Park earlier than Friday evening’s game between the Rockies and Brewers, I spotted one among Milwaukee’s “famous Racing Sausages.” Even from a distance, I might tell it became “Chorizo,” because of the sombrero.
The Sausage Race is cool because the costumes are super and it embodies the quite a few ethnic cultures of Milwaukee.
The Presidents Race at Nationals Park, that includes George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt is also awesome. The large-headed caricatures are a hoot, and the theme is ultimate for the nation’s capital.
As for what goes on at Coors box, with the racing toothbrush, molar and toothpaste, let me simply say — “I nevertheless can’t handle the enamel!”
— there was no legitimate be aware yet on when “gamers Weekend” might be held, however Rockies shortstop Trevor tale is capable for it.
closing season, gamers from throughout the majors had been able to wear their nicknames on the again of their uniforms throughout the enjoyable weekend. last yr’s uniforms have been distinct, that includes quick-witted, non-usual jerseys featuring alternate designs inspired by adolescence-league uniforms.
So what’s going to anecdote’s nickname be this yr? genuine, as in proper epic.
“That’s the nickname the Vinny Castilla gave me my first huge-league spring training,” the Rockies’ all-big name defined. “So this 12 months, I’m inserting it on the back of my jersey. I’ve additionally bought it stitched on my glove presently.
“I feel it’s radiant cool. That’s my favourite nickname, and i adore it lots stronger than ‘Joe.’ Mark Reynolds type of made me put that on the back of my jersey last year, and he’s now not here anymore to make me do it. I’d much rather be called genuine than Joe.”