Charlie Blackmon staying at top of Rockies’ order, Bud Black says

The Rockies are in a hard place right now, but first-year manager Bud Black is not likely to move Charlie Blackmon out of the leadoff spot in an effort to spark a sluggish offense.

“There are some people who might think that Charlie is having an MVP season,” Black said when asked about the possibility of moving Blackmon down in the order to take advantage of his power. “You can spin this anyway you want, but with Charlie leading off, it gives us a dynamic at-bat starting the game. His on-base percentage, his power, and maybe his comfort level of leading off, I think more than anything, might figure into him staying put.”

Entering Tuesday night’s game, Blackmon led the National League with a .340 average, and was leading the majors in runs scored (117), hits (180), triples (14), multi-hit games (57) and total bases (329).  His 31 home runs and 83 RBIs rank No. 1 among all big-league leadoff hitters.

The Rockies’ offense, though, is under-performing, especially over the last month. Colorado’s 4-3 loss to Detroit Monday night marked the 14th time in its last 20 games the team scored three or fewer runs. The Rockies are batting .223 with runners in scoring position in August and were hitting only .181 with runners in scoring position in their last 11 games heading into Tuesday night.

Still, Black doesn’t believe the solution is to move Blackmon, in part because the Rockies don’t have another leadoff hitter nearly as effective as him.

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