SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Even if it is earlier than he wants, Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is happy his swing has arrived.
Helton lashed two home runs off of the Reds' Johnny Cueto in the Rockies' 7-3 victory on Sunday afternoon. The first was to right field. The second, an opposite-way shot to left, told Helton what he needed to know.
"That is the indication," Helton said. "It was a 2-0 changeup. To be able to stay back on that ball, and to stay through it is a big indicator."
At 38, Helton has continued to hit for average, but his power has declined in recent years because of chronic back problems. This spring, Helton is hitting .407, along with the two homers and five RBIs. He showed on Sunday he can still scorch a pitch, but he's not going to feel that way every day.
"Yesterday, I never really got loose, but today my back felt good, and I felt like I had a little whip in the bat," he said.
The only drawback is that it's 12 days before the Rockies open the regular season in Houston.
"I need to save them, because they are so few and far between now," he said.