The Padres are playing much better baseball than a month ago. With last night’s win against the Houston Astros, the Padres showed they can provide some late inning heroics.
The Padres arrived in the Rocky Mountains looking to keep their momentum going, but Todd Helton may have something to say about that.
The longtime Colorado Rockies first-baseman has made a living destroying the San Diego Padres. Helton is the Padre killer of all Padre killers.
Just look at his gaudy numbers against the Padres:
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The future Hall of Famer has been reckless with the bat at the pitcher’s haven, Petco Park. Helton turns Petco Park into a hitter’s park to say the least.
But the Padres are playing this series in Coors Field. If you think the four-time Silver Slugger Award- winner had flashy numbers at Petco Park, then wait till you see the type of destruction he does at Coors Field.
In 1,071 career games played at Coors, Helton owns a .350 batting average, with 216 home runs, 813 RBI and a .615 slugging percentage.
The five-time All-Star may be 38 years old now, and may not play regularly, but he shows no signs of slowing down.
Helton isn’t just lethal with the bat; he has a great glove too. He has three Gold Gloves to prove it.
There is no way to beat Helton. The Padres just better hope he isn’t in the Rockies starting lineup. But if he comes up to pinch-hit, I’d give him an intentional walk, even if the bases are loaded. The Padres just have to do what they can to win.
Stats Courtesy of: Baseball Reference