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.
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.
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).
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.
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.