Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, hitting just .185, gets rare day off

The Rockies are sizzling hot, but all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado is not. So, for the first time this season, he is not the starting lineup.

Colorado, 11-3 and owners of baseball’s best record, take on the Mariners in Seattle on Sunday afternoon, looking to sweep the three-game series.

Arenado, however, is batting just .185 after an 0-5 performance Saturday night in which he left six men on base. Manager Bud Black, saying that Arenado “look a little uncomfortable” in the batter’s box, said the time was right to give Arenado a day out of the starting lineup.

“I think it’s more a matter of just straightening out some mechanics,” Black said. “He looks a little jumpy at the plate. Maybe a little overaggressive. He seems to be underneath some pitches … (hitting) some flyballs and sort of just underneath.”

Arenado has struck out only four times in 54 at-bats and he has hit three home runs in the early going, but his OPS is just .614 and he has produced only five RBIs out of the cleanup spot.

Arenado works constantly on his hitting and he’s a tough self-critic. Black said that’s good thing — most of the time.

“He cares a lot about this organization, and his performance,” Black said. “At times he can beat himself up. But I think I’d rather have a player that way than the other.

“So, again, he’ll come out of this, as we all know, he’ll work through this. Today, I’m sure, he’ll watch a lot of video; he’ll spend some time in a cage. There will be conversations with our hitting coaches. But today was just a good day not to play Nolan.”

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