It is not easy being Nolan Arenado. Having turned 28 on April 16, he's about to make his third consecutive start in an All-Star Game -- third most on the current All-Star rosters -- and appear in a Rockies record-tying fifth All-Star Game. Todd Helton (2000-04) and Troy Tulowitzki (2010-11, 2013-15) also made five.
The expectations come high.
So when the Rockies spend the weekend in Arizona, getting swept in a three-game series by the D-backs, and Arenado goes hitless it's the talk of the town.
Well, maybe it's just part of a season-long grind.
Think about it. Arenado has had three-game hitless streaks every year of his career. Heck, he's even gone four games in a row without a hit twice, and five games in a row, too.
The weekend was his second three-game slide in 2019.
Even with that, he still ranks fifth in the NL with a .312 batting average, is tied for fifth with 67 RBI and tied for 12th with 20 home runs.
Consider his past hitless stretches:
He had hitless streches of three, four and five games. He still led the NL in home runs (38) for the third time in his career, and drove in more than 100 runs for the fourth consecutive year. He joined Albert Belle (1993-96) as the only players in Major League history to record at least 35 home runs and 35 doubles four consecutive years. He led the NL with 19 go-ahead RBI on the road -- that's right, the road.
Twice he was hitless in three consecutive games, including a September series in Arizona. He still tied for the NL lead in doubles, ranked second in RBI, tied for third in home runs, sixth in hits and eighth in batting average.
Three times in 2016, he had hitless stretches of three games. He still led the NL in home runs and MLB in RBI. He joined Chuck Klein and Jimmie Fox as the only players to have consecutive seasons of 40 home runs and 130 RBI before turning 26.
He went three consecutive hitless games only once in 2015. He won his first Silver Slugger that year. He tied for the NL lead in home runs, and led the NL with 22 road home runs, finishing tied for second with 56 road RBI.
In his first full big league season, he set a franchise record with a 28-game hitting streak. He did miss 37 games with a fractured left middle finger.
Arenado didn't make his debut until the final Sunday of April , but became only the second rookie third baseman in history to win a Gold Glove.