Fantasy Betting Preview: Rockies vs Padres 21st September
Finding themselves squarely in the mosh pit of teams vying for the two wild card spots in the National League playoff race, it is absolutely imperative that the Colorado Rockies who are currently second in the NL in the Wild Card standings take care of business against the San Diego Padres starting 21st September @ Padres, the latter of whom has long-since been eliminated from any type of postseason contention.
After a stretch in which they won eight of nine games from Labor Day through the next eight days, they’ve gone 2-5 since, including two losses to the Arizona Diamondbacks their division and Wild Card chase rivals and two more losses against the lowly San Francisco Giants. Meanwhile, it’s been a rough season for the Padres, but they’ve still equaled last year’s win total, as manager Andy Green has done a remarkable job with his group.
The headliners for the Colorado Rockies would be the duo of centerfielder Charlie Blackmon, and third baseman Nolan Arenado. Blackmon has catapulted himself into the race for the National League MVP award, thanks to a second-half of the season where he’s been one of the best hitters in baseball. He’s been just as good at the plate as Giancarlo Stanton perhaps his biggest rival for the MVP award has been for the Marlins. Since the All-Star break, Blackmon has put up a 1.091 OPS to Stanton’s 1.103. He might get dinged in the race because of his “slump” in September though it’s a testament to how good he’s been in 2017 that a .273/.377/.500 slash line in September is considered any kind of slump and because he plays in hitter-friendly Coors Field.
There’s also the potential that Arenado could siphon off a few of the votes that would otherwise go to Blackmon. Arenado has hit four home runs in his last nine games bringing his total up to 34 for the year and is on pace for a .347/.475/.653 slash line in September. He’s just off pace to match last season’s career-high 133 RBI, but he’s still very capable of hitting this mark. Subtracting home runs, Arenado has knocked in 22.2 percent of the runners on base for him this year. More importantly, he has fared very well in the areas that most stats don’t capture, such as clutch hitting and playing well against your toughest opponents. Regardless, if Arenado or Blackmon want a legitimate chance at winning the MVP trophy, they have to get Colorado to the postseason.
The Padres are right at .500 this month, and first baseman Wil Myers has finally started to hit. His OPS is over 1.000 in September, which is good, but unless he really goes on a tear he’s likely to become the first Padres player ever to hit 30 home runs in a single season with an OPS lower than .800. From a pitching perspective, right hander Jhoulys Chacin leads the team in wins, but has only won one game since August 2nd, and now owns a 4.12 ERA and 1.30 WHIP which are right in line with his career marks of 3.96 and 1.34.