If you didn’t believe it before, believe it now: no matter which ballpark he is at, Nolan Arenado dominates.
Hitting his fourth home run in as many games, Arenado put the Cardinals ahead, and starter John Gant made sure it stayed that way as the first-place Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh 5-2 on Tuesday at Busch Stadium. Gant notched his third win of the season.
Back on Sunday, Arenado’s longtime friend Matt Carpenter said the following: “To be honest — and he even says it — I don’t think he’s even gotten really going to the point that we all know he can, as far as getting on a real hot streak.” He continued: “I think that’s coming.”
It’s definitely here.
Arenado, with his fourth home run in four games, became the first St. Louis third baseman to homer in four straight games since St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen did so in 2002.
Since the start of the season, Arenado is batting .304/.360/.584 with, 10 home runs and also 13 doubles. He remains one of the most dependable and consistent players in baseball, both with the bat and with the glove, and has made a sure-fire 1-2 punch with former division rival Paul Goldschmidt. This season he also has an .866 OPS at home as well as a.956 OPS on the road.
The two-run home run in the first inning provided the cushion Gant needed to dominate, walking just one batter on the evening. Per MLB.com, Gant owned highest walk rate (minimum 30 innings) in baseball entering Tuesday with a percentage of 17.4%.