Is Todd Helton Done?

Apr 24, 2012

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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.
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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 averages.
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If that trend were to continue, this would be one of his down years. So far, that is exactly what it has been.
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Entering today’s game he is hitting an abysmal.239. Hardly what you would expect from a hitter with his credentials.
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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.
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It’s not just Helton that 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.
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He is owned in 13.0 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.
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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.
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