MLB Playoffs 2017: Choosing an MVP for every team
Colorado Rockies: Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado
To pick just one of these players would be doing a disservice to the other. There is no doubt Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado sat the bar offensively for the Rockies this season. Both played 159 games and hit 37 home runs.
Even though Arenado edged him in the RBI category (130-104), Blackmon prevailed in many other offensive categories. The 30-year-old Blackmon slashed .331/.399/.601 with 14 triples, 213 hits and 137 runs scored. To speak to the excellent play of Blackmon in 2017, he led the National League in runs scored, hits, triples, batting average and total bases.
Arenado, 26, posted the best season of his career according to OPS+ with a 132 mark. The fifth-year third baseman slashed .309/.373/.586 with 37 home runs and 130 RBI this season. In addition to that, Arenado led the league with 43 doubles and notched 187 hits.
Arenado leads the Rockies in RBI while Blackmon is tops in batting average, home runs, OBP and hits.
As stated at the beginning of this piece, the Rockies have not made it to the postseason since 2009, meaning neither Blackmon nor Arenado have appeared in a playoff game.
Despite having no experience in the postseason, Blackmon and Arenado paved the way for the Rockies’ offense to be one of the best in baseball. Colorado’s offense finished the season in the top ten in runs scored, team batting average, OBP and slugging percentage.
With a high-powered offense, the Rockies may surprise a lot of people in the coming weeks.