Areando/LeMahieu: A Giants’ Nightmare

DJ LeMahieu hits second in the Rockies lineup. Nolan Arenado hits third. They, however, are the 1-2 punch in the gut to the Giants, who have lost eight of nine to the Rockies this season. The Rockies have won a franchise record seven in a row against the Giants after a 10-8 victory at Coors Field on Friday night.

The success against the Giants is a big part of the Rockies having opened the season a club-record 44-26, the fourth best win total among NL teams in the first 70 games of a season in this century. The Cubs had 47 wins last year, the Cardinals 45 in 2013 and the Cardinals 46 in 2011.

The Rockies are the 21st NL team since expansion added the Rockies and Marlins in 1993 to win at least 44 of the first 70 games of a season. Eighteen of the 20 teams prior to this year advanced to the post-season, seven winning NL pennants and three winning World Series.

Team Year W L Postseason
Phillies 1993 49 21 NL Pennant
Braves 1998 48 22 Division Champ
Giants 1993 47 23
Cubs 2016 47 23 WS Champ
Cardinals 2015 46 24 Division Champ
Dodgers 2009 46 24 Division Champ
Braves 1994 46 24
Braves 2003 46 24 Division Champ
Cardinals 2013 45 25 NL Pennant
Cubs 2008 45 25 Division Champ
Padres 1998 45 25 NL Pennant
Reds 1995 45 25 Division Champ
Cardinals 2005 45 25 Division Champ
Braves 1995 44 26 WS Champ
Rockies 2017 44 26
Braves 1997 44 26 Division Champ
Giants 2014 44 26 WS Champ
Braves 1996 44 26 NL Pennant
Phillies 2011 44 26 Division Champ
Mets 2006 44 26 Division Champ
Giants 2016 44 26 Wildcard

Source: Baseball-reference.com

Nolan Arenado

Arenado has driven in nine RBI against the Giants this year after driving in 24 against the Giants each of the past two seasons. Only six players have had back-to-back seasons of at lest 20 RBI against the Giants, and Arenado and Eddie Murray (1989-90) are the only onces to do it since the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958. Arenado, in fact, has accounted for two of the 21 seasons all-time, in which a player has driven in 24 or more runs against the Giants.

Player Season G RBI
Dolph Camilli 1941 Bro 22 30
Babe Herman 1930 Bro 22 30
Roy Campanella 1953 Bro 22 28
Tommy Davis 1962 LA 21 27
Don Hurst 1932 Phi 22 27
Stan Musial 1954 StL 22 27
Kiki Cuyler 1932 ChC 21 26
Eddie Mathews 1959 Mil 22 26
Hack Wilson 1930 ChC 22 26
Wally Berger 1930 Bos 22 25
Howie Schultz 1944 Bro 20 25
Chuck Workman 1945 Bos 22 25
Nolan Arenado 2016 Col 19 24
Nolan Arenado 2015 Col 19 24
Ernie Banks 1959 ChC 22 24
Frank Howard 1962 LA 20 24
Frank McCormick 1944 Cin 22 24
Joe Medwick 1937 StL 22 24
Wally Post 1955 Cin 22 24
Pie Traynor 1927 Pit 22 24
Preston Wilson 2003 Col 17 24

Source: Stats Inc.

DJ LeMahieu

LeMahieu, meanwhile, has a .344 career batting average agaisnt the Giants, thanks in part to back-to-back four-hit games in the first two games of this weekend series against the Giants at Coors Field. LeMahieu has accounted for two of the 12 back-to-back four-hit games in Rockies history, the first two since Carlos Gonzalez against the Cubs July 30-31, 2010.

His .344 average is the highest career average against the Giants among active players, one of only 10 active players who have a career average above .300 against the Giants.

Player Season AB AVG
DJ LeMahieu 2012-2017(6) 291 .344
Jon Jay 2010-2017(7) 140 .329
Chris Iannetta 2006-2017(8) 160 .325
Neil Walker 2010-2017(8) 159 .321
Albert Pujols 2001-2015(13) 259 .320
Carlos Beltran 2003-2016(12) 181 .315
Nolan Arenado 2013-2017(5) 309 .314
Ian Desmond 2010-2017(7) 137 .314
Jake Lamb 2014-2017(4) 148 .311
Andrew McCutchen 2009-2016(8) 194 .309

Source: Stats Inc.

His .344 career average is the 14th highest for an opponent in the history of the Giants, including their time in New York.

Player Season AB AVG
Hank Leiber 1939-1941(3) 142 .366
Lou Chiozza 1934-1936(3) 205 .366
Joe Connolly 1913-1916(4) 191 .361
Rico Carty 1964-1972(7) 275 .360
Sean Casey 1998-2006(9) 206 .359
Hal Morris 1990-2000(9) 238 .357
David Bell 1995-2006(10) 146 .356
Kevin Mitchell 1986-1998(6) 138 .355
Tony Gwynn 1982-2001(19) 878 .351
Rogers Hornsby 1915-1933(18) 1069 .349
Jeff Bagwell 1991-2004(14) 483 .348
Jeff Burroughs 1977-1980(4) 173 .347
Jay Payton 2000-2010(7) 229 .345
DJ LeMahieu 2012-2017(6) 291 .344

Source: Stats Inc.

 

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