Hitters That Have Owned the Dodgers Since 2010 – Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
After losing out to the crosstown Angels in their efforts to sign Anthony Rendon over the winter, the Los Angeles Dodgers were thought to flirt with a potential Nolan Arenado trade with the Rockies. However, when the price soared for Arenado, they quickly pivoted to Mookie Betts and found the slugger for which they were looking.
But in a land of the rich, why would the Dodgers be contemplating a move for the Rockies’ slugger? Maybe it was the front row seat they’ve had over the years and the damage he has done in his time against the Dodgers.
Since 2010, only one other hitter in baseball has more home runs against the Dodgers (we’ll get to him in a minute) than Nolan Arenado. The third baseman has hit .295/.352/.536 with 28 home runs and 82 RBI in 120 games (488 plate appearances) against Los Angeles. That includes a wRC+ of 118 (9th), a .241 ISO, a 23.9 wRAA (2nd), and a wOBA of .373 (4th).
Now before we get to the point of arguing about the Coors Effect, we should note that Arenado has done his fair deal of damage at Dodgers Stadium as well. In 60 games at Chavez Ravine, he is a .263/.327/.504 hitter with 16 home runs and 32 RBI.
It’s safe to say that he enjoys Dodgers pitching regardless of it comes in California or Colorado. With the Dodgers and Rockies set to lock horns extensively in 2020 and beyond, he figures to be a prominent thorn in our side for the foreseeable future.