Denver, CO – Despite the miserable year the Colorado Rockies are having, Carlos Gonzalez has performed at an all star level. Carlos was rewarded Sunday with a selection to the 2012 NL All Star team. Although chosen as a reserve, Gonzalez deserves a starting spot in the summer showcase. Every team in MLB gets a player to represent their team in the All Star game, but Cargo is deserving of the selection.
Through Sunday Carlos is hitting .337 which ranks 6th in the National League and has backed that number with 17 home runs, a .394 OBP, 58 RBI, 10 stolen bases and a NL leading .604 slugging percentage. Many fans and coaches may consider Gonzalez to be a bit lazy in the field as he looks at times a little uncaring but he is just blessed with amazing speed and an uncanny ability to make dazzling plays and has an extraordinary arm in the outfield.
Carlos Gonzalez’s numbers are a bit ignored around the league due to the struggles the Rockies have had to deal with this season so far. After losing a weekend series to the San Diego Padres, the Rockies have the third worst record in Major League Baseball ahead of only the Padres and the Chicago Cubs. Pitchers still fear Carlos Gonzalez but are not pitching around Gonzalez as he is the only threat in the lineup along with the streaking Tyler Colvin. The fact Gonzalez is putting up the numbers he is warrants a start in the All Star Game. His home vs. road splits is very glaring. He is hitting a scorching .390 at Coors Field and only .276 on the road. Much of this is due to the injury to Troy Tulowitzki. Without protection in the cleanup spot, Gonzalez’s numbers are worthy of respect. If Tulowitzki was healthy, Cargo would be putting up even better numbers.
With Matt Kemp injured and not participating in the 2012 All Star Game, Tony LaRussa should give Carlos Gonzalez the starting nod next week in Kansas City.
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Denver Sports Chat – Kris Loco