Blackmon, who turned the ankle Saturday, has been on fire with 13 hits in his last 25 at-bats in embarking on a six-game hitting streak.
Blackmon went 1 for 4 Saturday to extend his hitting streak to six games. He has hit .305/.351/.477 with 14 home runs, 52 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 354 at-bats.
Blackmon has managed to tally at least two hits in each of his last four games, and Saturday's five-hit effort was his best performance since going 6-for-6 with three doubles and a home run in a game during the first week of the season. He has hit .306/.352/.483 with 14 home runs, 51 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 346 at-bats.
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But he's also not as bad as he's shown the last eight weeks. Assuming he is -- and acting on that assumption -- would be even more short-sighted than whatever move you made to get him in the first place.
Blackmon has maintained a high contact rate throughout his struggles, striking out about once every six at-bats over his last 52 games, making his current .294 batting average pretty easy to buy. It was up in the .380 range before and, again, too good to be true, but now that it's regressed to this point, you could argue he's due for a resurgence of sorts. And what do you know? With his solo shot Wednesday, he's now homered in back-to-back games.
He also had this to offer after homering in Tuesday's game: "I just kind of felt like I got into maybe some bad habits. That kept me from being simple and direct to the ball. I've simplified things a little bit lately."
Individual statistics tend to normalize over the time. A player may not always take the most direct route to them, but in the end, they usually turn out like you'd expect them to. If we assume Blackmon is back to playing within himself, as both his recent comments and performance suggest, then we can hope for steadier production to close out the season rather than the extreme ups and downs of the first eight weeks.
Because combining the ups with the downs, he's still the ninth-best oufeidler in Head-to-Head points leagues. You'd give up the extreme highs of the first six weeks for that kind of production year-round.
Blackmon's home run was the first of five in the game for the Rockies, who scored all six of their runs on the five blasts. He finished the game 2 for 4 and has now hit .294/.342/.475 with 14 home runs, 50 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 337 at-bats.
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|8/1/2014 vs Detroit|
|vs Verlander (Career)||3||1||0||.333||.333||.333|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2011||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||58||243||49||82||19||4||10||49||19||34||12||5||.393||.572||.337|
|2012||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||59||228||55||69||18||4||5||34||29||42||10||0||.385||.482||.303|
|2012||ASX-Tri-City Dust Devils||17||59||8||14||5||0||1||3||7||10||3||0||.348||.373||.237|
|2013||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||68||257||56||74||15||6||3||40||35||41||7||5||.376||.428||.288|
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