Todd Helton is 38 and has had his share of injuries in recent years, most notably his troublesome back. He has, however, been able to maintain a spectacular .322 lifetime average to go along with his equally impressive .971 OPS.
In the past four seasons he has only played in 125 or more games on one occasion and has alternated between sub-.265 batting averages and .300-plus averages.
If that trend were to continue, this would be one of his down years. So far, that is exactly what it has been.
Entering today’s game, he is hitting an abysmal .239. Hardly what you would expect from a hitter with his credentials.
It isn’t all bad, though. Despite his horrible batting average, he still owns a solid .849 OPS. That’s because he has slugged three home runs already. He hit 14 all of last year, with a monthly high of three. If he connects one more time, it will be his highest monthly total since August 2010.
It’s not just Helton who is struggling for the Rockies. Troy Tulowitzki is off to a solid start, but not necessarily the numbers you’d expect from him. Carlos Gonzalez is struggling. Helton is one of only two players with double-digit RBI on the team.
He is owned in 13 percent of Yahoo! and 8.3 percent of ESPN leagues. I wouldn’t go out and snatch him up, and I wouldn’t take issue if you decided to cut ties. He is a solid streaming hitter option, though, when he is facing a right-handed pitcher.
Helton is hitting .320 with a 1.153 OPS against them (.143, .468 against southpaws) this year, .300, .880 vs. .294, .794 over the past three years and .331, 1.022 vs. .301, .846 lifetime.