Arenado Puts Up Gigantic Numbers Against San Francisco

Nolan Arenado took over the NL lead in home runs with his 22nd on Tuesday night -- his ninth in the last 14 games, and third against the Giants. He also drove in three runs, giving him 90 in his career against the Giants.

Surprised? Don't be. Not only are the Giants a rival of the Rockies, but Arenado grew up in Southern California, a Dodger fan. And there's nothing a Dodger fan likes less than the Giants.

"San Francisco brings out the best in me," Arenado admitted. "With three World Series rings (since 2010), and how they're always one of the top tier teams in our division. I always really want to beat them, becuase I feel like they've always beat us in the past a lot."

Obviously, with the Giants and the Rockies in the NL West, the Giants are one of the four teams Arenado faces the most. He, however, has taken advantage of those opportunities.

His 24 career home runs and 90 career RBI against the Giants rank second all-time among active players. He trailed Matt Kemp by two home runs and three RBI, and he has had 278 fewer at-bats against the Giants than Kemp has.

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzlaez ranks fifth in home runs with 19, tied with former Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who is now with Toronto. Charlie Blackmon, meanwhile, is tied for 13th with Adrian Beltre and Ryan Braun with 13 home runs.

Player G AB 2B HR RBI
Matt Kemp 188 678 39 26 93
Nolan Arenado 100 400 37 24 90
Paul Goldschmidt 127 448 31 21 78
Adrian Gonzalez 178 669 35 21 85
Carlos Gonzalez 149 542 27 19 69
Troy Tulowitzki 121 449 20 19 72
Albert Pujols 72 267 12 17 50
Mark Reynolds 101 345 15 17 47
Giancarlo Stanton 46 174 16 17 36
Chase Utley 119 402 20 15 53
Nick Hundley 74 254 12 14 32
Justin Upton 119 431 33 14 50
Adrian Beltre 115 411 16 13 59
Charlie Blackmon 101 377 19 13 50
Ryan Braun 62 240 17 13 39

Maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that the Rockies have won 14 of their last 16 games against the Giants at Coors Field. Consider that Areando ranks seventh among active players with a .313 average against the Giants. He's tied with teammate Chris Iannetta. Meanwhile, Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu leads active hitters with a .338 career average against the Giants, and rockies fist baseman Ian Desmond is fourth at .323.

Player G AB H AVG
DJ LeMahieu 99 349 118 0.338
Jonathan Lucroy 42 149 49 0.329
Neil Walker 46 167 54 0.323
Ian Desmond 60 220 71 0.323
Giancarlo Stanton 46 174 56 0.322
Albert Pujols 72 267 85 0.318
Nolan Arenado 100 400 125 0.313
Chris Iannetta 78 208 65 0.313
Edwin Encarnacion 38 129 40 0.31
David Wright 63 234 72 0.308
Jon Jay 48 159 48 0.302

In his 100 career games against the Giants, Arenado has compiled a .600 slugging percentage against them. That's the second best among active players, trailing Giancarlo Stanton (.718), and just ahead of Albert Pujols (.554) and Miguel Cabrera (.553).

Player G AB SLG
Giancarlo Stanton 46 174 0.718
Nolan Arenado 100 400 0.6
Albert Pujols 72 267 0.554
Miguel Cabrera 41 150 0.553
Jake Lamb 63 196 0.551
Hunter Pence 39 149 0.544
Ryan Braun 62 240 0.542
Jay Bruce 59 223 0.525
Jason Heyward 49 156 0.519
Paul Goldschmidt 127 448 0.516

Arenado has a .367 career on-base percentage against the Giants, which is tied for 16th among active players with Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. More than that, though, it's only fourth best on the Rockies. He trailed Chris Iannetta, who leads all active players at .463; DJ LeMahieu, who is fourth at .397, and Ian Desmond, who is 14th at .368.

Player AB H BB OBP
Chris Iannetta 208 65 54 0.463
Albert Pujols 267 85 40 0.408
Giancarlo Stanton 174 56 21 0.405
DJ LeMahieu 349 118 36 0.397
Paul Goldschmidt 448 129 80 0.395
Edwin Encarnacion 129 40 18 0.395
Jake Lamb 196 55 34 0.391
Neil Walker 167 54 15 0.387
Joey Votto 256 73 36 0.379
A.J. Ellis 205 54 37 0.377
Andrew McCutchen 212 64 23 0.375
Dexter Fowler 314 82 54 0.374
Justin Turner 241 70 23 0.37
Ian Desmond 220 71 16 0.368
Yadier Molina 247 67 35 0.367
Nolan Arenado 400 125 29 0.367

Given his home run total, it's not surprising that Arenado also ranks second to Kemp among active players with 64 extra-base hits agianst the Giants -- in 298 fewer plate appearances. Carlos Gonzalez is fifth on the list at 55, and Charlie Blackmon 10th at 38.

Player PA AB XBH
Matt Kemp 736 678 74
Nolan Arenado 438 400 64
Adrian Gonzalez 744 669 58
Paul Goldschmidt 542 448 56
Carlos Gonzalez 605 542 55
Justin Upton 503 431 52
Andre Ethier 576 504 50
Troy Tulowitzki 500 449 42
Chase Utley 452 402 39
Charlie Blackmon 414 377 38