Rested Helton hopes to keep up hot hitting

Rested Helton hopes to keep up hot hitting

Rested Helton hopes to keep up hot hitting
PITTSBURGH -- Rockies first baseman Todd Helton had two days of rest and his last two hits were home runs, so it was a good time for him to arrive in Pittsburgh.

Helton entered Tuesday night's start against the Pirates with a .292 batting average with five home runs in 30 at-bats at PNC Park. This is after he hit .344 with four homers at old Three Rivers Stadium.

Helton said PNC is a great park for a hitter when the sun goes down.

"Your first at-bat is tough just because of the shadows," Helton said. "Other than that, it's a great place to hit.

"I don't think the city has anything to do with it. I really enjoyed hitting at the old park -- the turf, and you could hit the ball out to all fields. This park is a little harder to hit to left and left-center, but the ball still flies out to right-center."

Helton homered twice against the Brewers, as the Rockies won 2-of-3 games. Manager Jim Tracy rested him on Sunday, and Monday's rainout in Pittsburgh gave him another day's rest.

"Hopefully, the bat will feel better in my hand," Helton said.

Helton entered Tuesday hitting .239 with a team-high three home runs, and 10 RBIs.

Tracy said, "Todd's in a really good place right now, make no mistake about it. Not only is he playing well but he looks as good physically as he has over the course of the last couple years and last year was pretty good [.302, 14 HR, 69 RBI in 124 games] when you start analyzing what he was able to do."