Did You Know . . . It's a Gray Area That MLB Has Never Seen Before

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-- With Jon Gray on the mound for the Rockies and Sonny Gray the starting pitcher for the Reds, this is the first matchup of starting pitchers with the last name Gray in MLB history. The last time that two pitchers squared off with the same color as a last name was Jumbo Brown (NYY) vs. Lloyd Brown (Bos) on July 26, 1933 (requires same spelling of last name).

-- Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon has 64 hits in the first 32 games at Coors Field. That matches Chuck Klein of the 1930 Phillies for the most hits in the first 32 games since at least 1920, the first year of the Live Ball Era. Paul Waner (1937 Pirates) and George Sisler (1922 Browns) both had 61. For a more recent name, Darin Erstad of the 2000 Angels had 60 hits.

--Blackmon's current 28-game hitting streak at Coors Field is two games shy of Larry Walker's single-season record set in 2002.

-- Third baseman Nolan Arenado goes into the weekend with 1,996 total bases in 964 games. He is in position to become the first third baseman in the live-ball era (since 1920) to reach 2,000 total bases in fewer than 1,000 games. Eddie Mathews set the current record in 1,003 games with the Braves in 1958, and is followed by Chipper Jones (2001 Atlanta, 1,006 games), George Brett (1981 Royals, 1,032 games). Vinny Castilla, who spent the bulk of his playing career with the Rockies and is currently a special assistant with the Rockies, reached 2,000 total bases in 1,066 games, sixth fastest. He was with the Astros that season.

--Reds first baseman Joey Votto has a .471 on-base percentage at Coors Field, second to Bryce Harper (.473) and just ahead of Barry Bonds (.468).

--The Rockies and opposition are averaging a combined 13.77 runs per game at Coors Field this year, tops in the majors, and the seventh highest in a season during the Live Ball Era (since 1920). This year ranks behind the 1930 Baker Bowl (15.42 runs per game), 1996 Coors Field (15.02), 1999 Coors Field (14.79), 2000 Coors Field (14.37), 1929 Baker Bowl (14.26) and 1999 Kingdome (13.82).

Source: Stats, Inc.

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