It recently came out that the Colorado Rockies expect Carlos Gonzalez to avoid the DL with his ankle injury. I’m sure tons of Rockies fans are excited about that, but it still doesn’t fix the team’s problem in the big picture. For some reason, the Rockies are destroyed by injuries year in and year out. Sadly, Gonzalez not hitting the shelf this time around doesn’t take away the games he was on the shelf.
CarGo, one of the most talented outfielders in all of MLB, has played in just over half of the Rockies’ games in 2014. The exact figure is 66 of 111 games after Sunday. Add the other injuries for the Rockies, including those to all-world shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, and you know why the team is the worst team in the NL and second-worst in all of baseball.
You have to wonder if there is something in the water up there. This team has a good core and they can beat any other team when they have all of their pieces working well. It just so happens that every single season, they lose good players for long periods of time. Of course, it always includes CarGo and Tulo, both of whom seem to miss a large chunk of time every season.
Whatever the situation is for the team, Gonzalez might want to think about asking for a trade. Maybe a stay in New York would bring about some healing for him and he would have one full season. When he does have another full season, he will definitely be an MVP candidate — he is that good.