Blackmon exercised his $22 million player option for 2022 on Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Blackmon's production decreased in 2021, as he slashed .270/.351/.411 with 13 home runs, 78 RBI, 76 runs and three stolen bases across 150 games. However, the 35-year-old should maintain a starting role with a prominent spot in the lineup as he prepares for his 12th season in Colorado.
Blackmon is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks, Danielle Allentuck of The Denver Gazette reports. The 35-year-old will close out the season on the bench for the Rockies, while Yonathan Daza enters the outfield mix Sunday. Blackmon has a .269/.349/.409 slash line with 13 homers, 78 RBI and 76 runs in 581 plate appearances this season.
Blackmon is not starting Tuesday against the Nationals. The outfielder's hitting streak ended at eight games after he went 0-for-4 with a walk and run scored Monday. He'll get his second day off in less than a week as Yonathan Daza draws the start in right field against lefty Patrick Corbin on Tuesday.
Blackmon will start in right field and bat third Monday against the Nationals. Blackmon will head into the final week of the regular season with an eight-game hitting streak on the line. Though he's delivered a .400 average over that stretch, his production has mostly been devoid of counting stats (zero home runs, zero stolen bases, four runs and three RBI). Barring a massive surge over Colorado's final six games, Blackmon will finish 2021 with his lowest home run total (he's currently at 13) in a 162-game season since 2013 and his lowest batting average (currently .273) since his 27-game rookie campaign in 2011.
Blackmon isn't starting Thursday's game against the Dodgers. Blackmon had started each of the last three games, and he went 4-for-11 with three doubles, three runs and an RBI. Raimel Tapia, Garrett Hampson and Sam Hilliard will start in the outfield from left to right.