It's the kind of situation Todd Helton covets.
With the Rockies trailing the Mariners 6-4 on Sunday at Coors Field, Helton was at the plate with two on, two outs and facing a full count. Brandon League threw a fastball right down the middle and Helton swung and missed. Game over.
"While I was swinging, I thought I was going to have a good result, but it didn't work out that way," Helton said.
The 38-year-old first baseman is mired in a terrible slump. He went 0-for-5 on Sunday, including three strikeouts. His batting average is .219, by far the lowest it has ever been at this point in a season.
"I am just not swinging the bat well, not seeing the ball well," he said. "Hopefully that will change when we get on the road."
Manager Jim Tracy said he's not worried about Helton, noting that Michael Cuddyer was 0-for-13 on the homestand before going 3-for-4 with two doubles on Sunday.
"He will figure it out," Tracy said of Helton. "What his résumé strongly suggests is that he's one good swing from everything being right again."
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