The Colorado Rockies‘ Carlos Gonzalez seems a little lost at the plate recently.
The star outfielder is mired in 3-for-30 stretch going into Saturday, April 27′s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rockies have split the first two games of the series at Chase Field. He was struck out 10 times during those at-bats and only has one extra base hit.
Gonzalez is a free swinger and can chase a lot balls out of the strike zone. Right now, he is doing that too much and it’s costing him. He has also walked only three times during this stretch.
Gonzalez is a key part to the 1-2 punch with Troy Tulowitzki for the Rockies. The greatest of hitters go through slumps during the long baseball season, but Gonzalez isn’t really getting on base at all. The Rockies need both to produce.
The outfielder started out the season red-hot. He had eight multi-hit games during the first 14 games of the season. It seemed he was back on track with Tulowitzki hitting behind him again. Gonzalez slumped in the second half last season with Tulowitzki out because of injury. After the All-Star break, he only hit .261 with five home runs.
Gonzalez will snap out of it. All great hitters do. The Rockies just hope that it is sooner than later as they are facing a tough stretch on the road against the Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies still hold a slim lead in the National League West, but with Gonzalez hitting the ball like he can that lead may disappear before the middle of May.