The Colorado Rockies were blown out of the ballpark on Friday night. Nothing new there. Something else that has become old news in the best way possible is the play of Charlie Blackmon, Justin Morneau, Nolan Arenado and Corey Dickerson. They produce night in and night out and can be relied upon to do so. Another thing that happened Friday that has become a bit of a routine occasion is a pinch hit from Brandon Barnes. In a season of disasters and a plenitude of question marks, the Rockies can count on Brandon Barnes.
First off, Barnes is the consummate hustle-and-heart guy. He'll only start maybe once a week, but always keeps the energy flowing in the clubhouse. Barnes has made a few diving catches this year and runs the bases hard resulting in two inside-the-park home runs. That may sound like small potatoes, but on a team that may lose 100 games this year, that effort can't be understated.
On the whole this year, Brandon Barnes is hitting a career best .252 this year with 22 XBH and 20 RBI. The numbers may be a bit underwhelming, but when you consider that he has only started 44 of the 109 games he's played in, those same numbers become respectable.
That's all well and good, but Brandon Barnes' calling card this season has been pinch hitting. Barnes leads all of baseball with 15 pinch hits this season. He's hitting .288 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI in pinch hitting situations this year. The innate clutchness of any pinch hitting opportunity makes all these hits more impressive than in his starts. And leading baseball is just icing on the cake.
The Rockies are in a though spot this season. They only have four position players who are consistent enough to count on. Then there's that guy on the bench with all the tattoos that always seems to come through.
Rockies 101 salutes you, Brandon Barnes.
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