Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez is Legitimate Triple Crown Contender

By David LaRose

The Colorado Rockies have had an up and down season, mostly full of letdowns from the pitching staff, but their offense has kept them alive in most games. The Rockies still boast one of the top offenses in the league and are near the top in most of the major offensive categories. They are 4th in the MLB in runs scored (252), 5th in slugging pct (.442) and 11th in batting average (.259). The player that is boosting their stats the most?

Carlos Gonzalez.

The Rockies outfielder is on a tear right now and is one of the hottest hitters in baseball. The man is a legitimate National League Triple Crown threat and with Matt Kemp’s re-aggravation of his injured hamstring, CarGo can make some headway in that race.

After last night’s performance, in which he went 4-5 with 3 HR in three consecutive at bats, he is now batting .323 with 13 HR’s and 41 RBI on the season. On top of that, he has gone 10-16 with 5 HR’s and 7 RBI in his last four games. He is in the top 10 in each of the triple crown categories (3rd in HR and RBI and 9th in batting avg.) and continues his torment of opposing pitchers with quality at-bats.

We’ve seen seasons like this before from Gonzalez, this isn’t just a fluke. During his breakout year in 2010, CarGo was in the triple crown race when he batted .336, 34 HR and 117 RBI. His production fell off a bit last season while he was dealing with some nagging injuries, mainly to his wrist, missing 35 total games. The injuries prevented him from settling into a rhythm but it looks like he is fully healthy again and it shows in his production.

If the Rockies can some how make a push up the standings, CarGo could even be in the running for NL MVP. It would take a turnaround similar to their 2009 season but their have been signs of improvement winning five of their last seven ball games. The Rockies will have to see continued success from the middle of their order and a major turnaround in their pitching production if they want to turn their season around.

We do know one thing though, CarGo will continue to produce and he could become the first triple crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski did it back in 1967 with the Boston Red Sox. Gonzalez came close two seasons ago and he definitely has the potential to pull it off.

Pitchers look out.

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