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Todd Helton Lives?

Last week, I wrote about the return of Todd Helton to the major leagues and what difficulties he presents to the Rockies organization if he continues to struggle through a miserable season.

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Six games later, and the results are promising. Helton is hitting .304 and driving the ball with some authority, as evidenced by his homerun in Pittsburgh and the double he smoked into the gap last night at Citi Field.

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But the most promising aspect is the .407 on base percentage the past week. Helton is taking walks, forcing pitchers to throw multiple pitches, and genuinely causing havoc with his patience.Though it's a very small sample size, there is plenty of reason for Rockies fans to feel genuinely excited.

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Kudos to the front office and Jim Tracy for throwing Helton in the lineup on a daily basis and forcing him to sink or swim. He's certainly swimming, his back is holding up through a long road trip, and his bat is a major reason the Rockies' have started producing offense on the road for the first time this season.

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