Can Carlos Gonzalez Keep Up the Pace for Colorado Rockies?
The Colorado Rockies started the 2013 Major League Baseball season with a three game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. After losing the opening day game 4-5, the Rockies soundly pounded the Brewers 8-4 and 7-3 in games two and three. The offensive explosion was due in large part to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez.
Gonzalez had two home runs and was robbed of a third by Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez. But don’t think that has slowed down the Rockies, or Gonzalez. He also managed a .400 BA, .800 SLG and added 3 RBI’s. He was not only comfortable at the plate—he was in charge in the batter’s box. It’s clear that Gonzalez wants to be an All-Star again in 2013.
The Rockies need Gonzalez to have a fast start, and a strong finish. In 2012, Colorado collapsed in the cellar of the National League West, but Gonzalez was an All-Star and won a Gold-Glove. He missed twenty-seven games, but still managed a .303 BA, .371 OBP, .510 SLG, 22 home runs, 85 RBI’s, and scored 89 runs.
This year, Gonzalez has helped the Rockies start at the top of NL West. That is good news for first year manager Walt Weiss. But Weiss has suggested letting Gonzalez play mostly left field, but also spending some time in right. Gonzalez will do it, but he likes staying put in left. “It’s easier if I don’t bounce around, because you get comfortable with the stadiums, where the walls are, where you need to play.”
The way Gonzalez has started the season for the Rockies, Weiss might reconsider moving him at all. If Gonzalez can keep this pace up, Colorado could be competitive in the NL West.