While one of their top young sluggers recovers from strep throat, more than a few Colorado Rockies fans may have hoarse throats after the first two games of their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
That's because grizzled veteran Todd Helton is showing he's got plenty of pop left in his bat.
Coming off a pair of dramatic wins, Helton and the Rockies go for a three-game sweep of the NL West rival Diamondbacks on Sunday at Coors Field.
Colorado (4-4) took the series opener 7-6 on Friday night, scoring the deciding run when Helton doubled home Carlos Gonzalez with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Gonzalez missed Saturday's game due to strep throat but Helton helped the Rockies overcome his absence, launching a two-run homer just inside the right-field foul pole off Arizona closer J.J. Putz with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give Colorado an 8-7 victory.
"There will be days when I don't get the big hit," Helton said. "So I don't put too much into it. I tre...