The Joltin’ Todd Helton Report

by Bill Chuck on July 24, 2013

The very exciting young Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez (6-5) held the Rockies to five hits, two walks and two runs in seven innings. He also struck out eight in Miami’s 4-2 win over Colorado.

As good as the Marlins’ All-Star is, he is just 20-years old and has a bit of the cockiness of youth and it came back to hurt him once last night.

“I’m thinking, `This guy, he’s kind of old,” Fernandez said. “I know he can hit. So maybe I have a shot to blow it by him? I blew it by him — into the second deck. Sorry about that.”

Fernandez was referring to the home run he allowed to Todd Helton, just his seventh of the season.

Fernandez can be forgiven since he is not the first pitcher burnt by Helton. The homer was the 361st of Helton’s career and tied him with Joe DiMaggio for 76th place on the all-time homer list.

Helton is in good company

Player HR From To G PA AB
Gil Hodges 370 1943 1963 2072 8102 7030
Ralph Kiner 369 1946 1955 1472 6256 5205
Adrian Beltre 368 1998 2013 2213 9117 8359
Lance Berkman 366 1999 2013 1874 7802 6479
Todd Helton 361 1997 2013 2194 9252 7777
Joe DiMaggio 361 1936 1951 1736 7673 6821
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Generated 7/24/2013.

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