DENVER -- Though Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon has received heavy attention for his start to the season, it could be argued that Corey Dickerson has had just as good of a start. Dickerson just started a little later.
Blackmon's .369 batting average entering Friday was the second-highest in the Majors, one point behind Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Much of Blackmon's average was built by a .500 performance in his first 12 games, and he was at .402 through April 27.
Dickerson saw little playing time the first week of the season and was sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs for playing time. However, in 11 games from April 17 -- the day that Michael Cuddyer suffered the hamstring injury that opened a chance to start in the outfield -- through Thursday, Dickerson batted .444 (12-for-27) while starting six of those games.
"When they first recalled me, we still had six [outfielders], but once 'Cuddy' got hurt, I felt there was a little more room," Dickerson said. "I knew all along it was a matter of time until I got my at-bats. Just have fun with them and try to have fun with my teammates."
Manager Walt Weiss has used Dickerson in advantageous matchups, with all but two of his plate appearances against right-handers. Also, Dickerson has been uncanny with runners on base (6-of-12, one home run, one triple).
"Lately, I've been seeing more fastballs than off-speed pitches, and I feel I've been pretty good with two strikes [8-for-23 with two doubles, a triple and a homer]," Dickerson said. "They always try to make adjustments. They watch film like we do. What I try to do is make adjustments between each at-bat."