Just one day after breaking the Colorado Rockies franchise record for most consecutive games with a hit, third baseman Nolan Arenado saw his impressive streak end on Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds. Coming into the night, there was a great deal of worry about whether the 23-year-old could continue his torrid pace against star right-hander Johnny Cueto, and after an 0-for-3 day that included a walk, the dream was dead.
During the streak, Arenada hit .360 with a .568 slugging percentage and four home runs, and it displayed the incredibly high upside that the young player possesses. For the year, the Gold Glove caliber third baseman has a .315/.342/.517 slash line with 12 doubles and six home runs, and if he can hit at anything near this pace, he will be a perennial All Star when factoring in the fact that he is elite defensively.
Late in the game, there was a real chance that Arenado would enter the batter’s box for a fifth at-bat, but Reds star Joey Votto blasted a walk-off home run to end any dream of continuing the streak. Now, Arenado can shrug off the upcoming “distraction” that the streak could bring and concentrate on being one of the best young players in baseball.