It shouldn't be a surprise that Charlie Blackmon is trending up. He attended his first All-Star game back in 20-14, and he's only gotten better. The Colorado Rockies center fielder is making plenty of headway towards returning to the Midsummer Classic, hitting a carer-best .304 with 12 home runs (seven off his career-best 19 in 2014) and is well on his way to setting a career high, having driven in 39 runs through 62 games -- on pace for 102, which would easily eclipse the 72 he drove in, two seasons ago.
This past week, Blackmon led all Major Leaguers by driving in nine runs, and also paced both circuits in home runs (5) and hits (14), while coming in second in runs (9) and slugging percentage (.909), and third in OPS (1.381).
Blackmon has recorded at least on base hit in seven straight games, and in 11 of his last 14. Over the last seven days, he recorded six multi-hit games, including a 2-for-5, two-home run, three-run, two-RBI game in the series opener against the New York Yankees on June 23.
The night before, Blackmon was part of a five-home run barrage that sunk the Miami Marlins, going 3-for-5 with a home run -- a line-drive to center off of Nick Wittgren, with one out in the top of the ninth to put the Rockies up, 5-3.
The powerful 6-foot-2 center fielder led things off on Saturday with a 2-for-5 day, slugging his 11th home run on a 1-0 offering from Shelby Mille in the bottom of the first to tie things up with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 1-1. After the Rockies sprinted out to a 7-1 lead, though, the D-Backs came storming back on the strength of a two-run homer and an RBI double by Michael Bourn, With the Rockies up 7-6, Blackmon once again gave Colorado some breathing room, driving a single to right to plate Brandon Barnes, and then riding home on a three-run home run by D. J. LeMahieu.