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Arenado puts forth #ASGWorthy triple-double effort

Slugging third baseman hits 3 doubles, drives in 4 vs. Giants
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DENVER -- Nolan Arenado has added a new trick to his power arsenal. Widely acknowledged as ranking among the game's strongest right-handed pull hitters, the Rockies' third baseman this year is pushing to the opposite field at a substantially higher rate than ever before.

Arenado launched a career-high three doubles in Colorado's 10-9 win over the Giants on Thursday, including two to the deepest point of right-center, to finish with a season-high four RBIs. According to Statcast™, Arenado is lifting 34.1 percent of his total batted balls to the right of straightaway center -- a significant uptick from the 27.0 and 25.3 percent on such balls in 2016 and 2015, respectively.

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DENVER -- Nolan Arenado has added a new trick to his power arsenal. Widely acknowledged as ranking among the game's strongest right-handed pull hitters, the Rockies' third baseman this year is pushing to the opposite field at a substantially higher rate than ever before.

Arenado launched a career-high three doubles in Colorado's 10-9 win over the Giants on Thursday, including two to the deepest point of right-center, to finish with a season-high four RBIs. According to Statcast™, Arenado is lifting 34.1 percent of his total batted balls to the right of straightaway center -- a significant uptick from the 27.0 and 25.3 percent on such balls in 2016 and 2015, respectively.

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Among hitters with at least 50 batted balls on away pitches, Arenado ranks 12th with an average exit velocity of 89.2 mph, per Stacast, yet the two-time All-Star maintains his burgeoning opposite-field ability isn't necessarily intentional.

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"I really try to hit the ball hard and I just react," said Arenado, who's looking for his third straight All-Star selection. "It's just reaction, just putting the barrel there. When I'm going good, I feel like I can stay inside the ball well and do those things, but yeah, I think it's just a matter of instincts taking over."

While pacing the National League in homers each of the last two years with a combined 83, Arenado also led the Majors with 27 homers on pitches Statcast™ perceived outside the strike zone -- and nearly all were on the hands. This year, he's seeing just 10.3 percent of pitches on the inside, his lowest rate since Statcast™ pitch tracking was implemented in 2015.

"I'm just taking what the pitchers are giving me," he said. "I think the pitchers know that I like to pull the ball and they're going to try not to throw me inside anymore. But I'm going to be ready because I do my damage left-to-left-center, so I'm looking to drive the ball. But at the end of the day, I'm just trying to hit wherever the pitch is at."

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

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