One of the more popular waiver wire additions through the first two weeks of the fantasy baseball season has been Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon. As of April 10th, Blackmon is batting .471 with one home run, eight runs batted in and a 1.178 OPS.
Blackmon joined Kyle Elfrink and Ray Flowers on The SiriusXM Fantasy Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio Thursday night and explained his early-season success.
One of the main factors is just the comfort at the big-league level. It’s hard to do when you are coming up from Triple-A or you are in the big leagues for the first time. There is always an adjustment to be made. The competition level is definitely different going from Triple-A to the big leagues. There is going to be a learning curve. A little more maturity, and a little more experience and some consistent playing time this year has helped me be more productive.
Blackmon also responded to the notion that he is only having success because he is playing in Coors Field, a park that has a reputation for inflating batting numbers.
In Denver, the ball, if you hit it really well, it stays in the air a little bit longer. That is really the only difference. The park is much bigger (than most stadiums), so I don’t necessary think it’s easier to hit home runs in Denver than anywhere else. As far as home run parks in the league, it’s in the middle of the pact. You will notice a difference, but I don’t think it’s the ‘Coors Field effect’ as other people are labeling it.
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