Rockies shake things up at first base 

July, 8, 2010
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A season ago, Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton helped fantasy owners win leagues, hitting .325 with 86 RBIs as a popular April (or even May) free-agent pickup. Yes, Helton had fallen that far, that fast after injuries ruined his 2008 season. This season I went back to the Helton well on draft day ... and before April had ended, I and many others had moved on. Now everyone should.

On Wednesday night, the Rockies temporarily moved on as well, placing Helton on the 15-day disabled list because of a stiff back. The Rockies said Helton had been bothered by this ailment, as well as a sore hamstring, for about a week.

But I'm thinking Helton's back has been hurting all season. What other explanation can there be for not only Helton's precipitous decline of 79 batting average points, but also the strikeout rate. Helton has fanned 53 times in 248 at-bats; a year ago, he fanned 73 times in 544 at-bats. Clearly he's hurt or something is wrong.

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