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September 26, 2013

What You Need to Know

Helton Leaves Home

by Daniel Rathman


The Wednesday Takeaway
Todd Helton’s final appearance at Coors Field began ominously. The visiting Red Sox posted a three-spot in the top of the first, threatening to blow the Rockies away. Eventually, they would—but not before the 40-year-old first baseman had his say.

Batting fifth in the order, Helton came up with the bases empty and one down in the bottom of the second. He dug in against Jake Peavy, a longtime rival during the right-hander’s days with the Padres, and one of Helton’s favorite pitchers to face. Helton was 16-for-46 (.348/.392/.674) versus Peavy with six doubles, three home runs, and only five strikeouts. The 1.066 head-to-head OPS was Helton’s best among all pitchers that he’d seen at least 50 times. And, as Helton prepared to say good-bye, he improved it.

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