For the third consecutive season, Nolan Arenado finished as a top-six fantasy earner among hitters. He's averaging 40 homers and 131 RBI over the past three years, and his batting average has seen steady growth as Arenado has learned to be more patient (9.1 percent walk rate last season) and work the ball the other way when he has to. There was a notable dip against right-handers in 2017, with his OPS against righties falling more than 100 points to .843, but his bounce-back against lefties more than made up for it. He remains a Gold Glove defender at third base, so he's on the field every day, plus he's productive away from Coors Field (.283/.355/.531 on the road last season). Arenado makes consistent contact, is just entering his age-27 campaign and his home park gives him an excellent floor for fantasy production. Thinking Arenado won't return first-round value again seems silly at this point.
Arenado went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a second run scored in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Marlins. It looks like the minor hand injury he suffered Sunday won't be an issue for Arenado heading into the NL Wild Card Game. With 36 home runs it looks like he'll fall a little short of his third straight 40-HR campaign, but the third baseman now needs only five RBI in the Rockies' last four regular-season games to set a new career high in that category, and top last year's 133.
Arenado (hand) is in the lineup Monday against the Marlins, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Arenado left Sunday's game with a hand injury that came from an odd swing. Fortunately the injury was rather minor, as he's in the lineup and hitting third Monday night. Arenado will look to finish the 2017 campaign on a strong note, as he's carrying a terrific .305/.369/.579 line into Monday's contest.
Arenado was pulled in the sixth inning of the Rockies' 8-4 victory Sunday against the Padres due to a bruise on the palm of his right hand, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports. Arenado said he took a "funky swing" and fouled off a ball during an at-bat earlier in the game, resulting in him sustaining some swelling to the hand. However, the Rockies consider it only a minor setback for the All-Star third baseman and believe that he'll be able to return to action for Monday's series opener with the Marlins. With the Rockies still looking to secure a wild-card berth, Arenado's availability will be essential to that effort. He's in the midst of an excellent September, during which he's slashed .307/.429/.547 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 23 games.
Arenado went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo homer in Friday's 6-1 win over the Padres. It's his fourth home run in his last nine games and 34th of the year, and Arenado is streaking towards the finish line with a .347/.475/.653 slash line in September. He's still nine RBI shy of tying last season's career high of 133, but if he stays locked in over the Rockies' final 14 games, he might just be able to get there.
Arenado went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and four RBI during Monday's win over Arizona. The homer broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth inning and paved the way for Colorado's win. Arenado is now up to 33 round trippers, 123 RBI and 90 runs with a .311/.370/.593 slash line, as he further affirms his status as one of the safest bets to build your fantasy team around.