Nolan Arenado: Statistical Superstar

Nolan Arenado: Statistical Superstar

There’s no denying baseball is changing. In today’s era, analytics and statistics are redefining the way the game is played. General managers treat scouting reports like advanced math problems, crunching numbers to gain a competitive advantage in any situation. No player’s weakness goes unnoticed. But for Eastbay’s January cover athlete, Nolan Arenado, this is no problem.

Only six seasons into his career, Arenado is on pace to be one of the top two-way players in history. The third baseman is only the second player in league history to post three or more seasons with at least 35 home runs and 130 RBIs before age 27. He’s also only one of three third basemen to win four straight Silver Slugger Awards.

Nolan Arenado hitting

Arenado’s consistency at the plate is supplemented with his spectacular play-making in the field, yielding an impressive set of accolades. He’s won a Gold Glove in each of his first six seasons and has been voted into the All-Star game for the past four years. Not to mention, his .970 career fielding percentage places him eighth all time among players at the hot corner.

So, is Arenado aware of how his numbers reflect his performance on the field? Of course he is. He even sets specific goals each year, challenging himself to improve.

“My goal is always to make 10 or fewer errors,” Arenado said. “It’s kind of hard to do and I’ve only done it once. In 2017, I made nine and that was my best fielding year.”

Nolan Arenado fielding

That type of drive is what propelled Arenado to stardom in the first place. When he first entered the majors, Arenado said scouts were doubtful he could even play third base because of size and lack of speed. But with a strong work ethic and continued confidence in his abilities, he was able to block out the doubters and prove he belonged at the top.

“When you get a report on you, it just sticks. I knew third base was something I could do and I could do it better than what I was getting credit for,” Arenado said. “Once I really took pride in my offseason work, I think that’s what changed for me.”

Arenado also knows baseball is a complicated game and to be the best, you must be a complete player. While he continues to smack homers and drive in runs with the best in the league, he still strives to be more efficient at the plate.

“It’s easy to say everyone’s goal is to hit .300 with 30-plus home runs and 100 RBIs and that’s one of my goals also,” Arenado said. “But I would really like to cut down on the strikeouts and give myself a better chance of putting the ball in play.”

Nolan Arenado looking at bat

Today, Arenado’s confidence is at an all-time high. He’s continually moved up the ranks in the National League MVP vote since 2015. Last year he placed third, behind only Christian Yelich and Javier Báez. He credits that improvement to never losing focus, even during the offseason, and advises younger players to do the same. He says that with hard work comes confidence and once that confidence is instilled, the sky’s the limit.

“Being confident is huge but you’re only going to be confident after putting in the work,” Arenado said. “Work hard so when the game starts you feel confident. You know you’re prepared for the day.”

Arenado prepares to conquer every season with the latest and greatest gear in baseball. Check out Eastbay’s full selection of top products for on and off the diamond.

Nolan Arenado focus on glove

Nike Shox Fuse 2 – Troy Tulowitzki Player Exclusive

Nike Shox Fuse 2 – Troy Tulowitzki Player Exclusive

Nike Shox Fuse 2 – Troy Tulowitzki Player Exclusive

words // Brandon Richard
photos // Luis Sanchez

It’s hard to take a guy seriously when his walk up music includes tunes from Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, but when that guy is Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, you’ll learn to respect him one way or the other. Arguably the game’s best shortstop, Troy is coming off a season in which he led all shortstops in home runs, RBIs, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and on-base plus slugging percentage. He nabbed his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards in 2010 and is hoping to erase this season’s early struggles to land those same awards again this year.

One of the many Nike Player Exclusives Tulo has worn throughout the season, here’s a closer look at his custom Shox Fuse 2. The cleat features a black and metallic silver synthetic upper with Rockies purple detailing on the forefoot, Swoosh logos, contrast stitching and inner liner. For personalization, ’2Low’ is embroidered in black and purple on the tongue, while Troy’s number ’2′ is stitched in white on the heel. The bottom is completed with purple Shox columns for responsive cushioning and a white v9 outsole.

Enjoy a closer look at Troy Tulowitzki’s Nike Shox Fuse 2 PE below. You can pick up non-PE colorways of this model at Eastbay today.

Available now: Nike Shox Fuse 2 Metal

Nike Shox Fuse 2 – Troy Tulowitzki Player Exclusive

Nike Shox Fuse 2 – Troy Tulowitzki Player Exclusive

Nike Shox Fuse 2 – Troy Tulowitzki Player Exclusive

Nike Shox Fuse 2 – Troy Tulowitzki Player Exclusive

Nike Shox Fuse 2 – Troy Tulowitzki Player Exclusive

Nike Shox Fuse 2 – Troy Tulowitzki Player Exclusive

MLB: Battle of the League’s Best Pitchers?

MLB: Battle of the League’s Best Pitchers?

words_Nick Engvall

Pitching this season in Major League Baseball has been better than we’ve seen in years.

With Roy Halladay throwing a perfect game on Saturday, the feat was accomplished twice in one season for the first time since 1800’s. On top of the perfect games pitched by Halladay and Dallas Braden of the Oakland A’s, the Colorado Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez also threw a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves.

If pitching is your thing, then today there is a game that should be on your radar, the Colorado Rockies versus the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

For the Rockies, Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound looking to lower his already unbelievably low ERA of 0.88, and at the same time become this season’s first ten game winner. Jimenez’ has dominated opponents this year to say the least, registering triple digits on the radar gun more than a handful of times this year with his fastball.

For the Giants, their ace Tim Lincecum will take the mound. Although the two-time defending Cy Young Award winner holds a 5-1 record, he has struggled in his last few outings. Despite the recent struggles, Lincecum still leads the Major League’s in strikeouts with 80.

So far this season, the Giants lead the battle of these two National League West teams, 2-1, but neither Jimenez nor Lincecum has had start against the other team in this budding rivalry.

While much of the focus for today’s game is on the pitching duel, both the Rockies and the Giants have seen their offense pick up in the last couple of games. Both teams put up double digits in the runs scored column over the weekend.

Whether the pitching or the hitting is what prevails today, this match-up is sure to be one worth watching.

via yahoo