For a Colorado team that is unsurprisingly tops in the league in most offensive categories (1st in HRs and 2nd in Runs Scored), it’s a given that Rockies hitters have been feasting off of the cozy confines of Coors Field so far this season. With the exception of Wilin Rosario, who is hitting .236, all other Rockies starters in the batting lineup are hitting at least .265 or better, with Tyler Colvin leading the pack with a .330 batting average. Well, almost all other. One glaring exception up to this point in the season has been team co-captain Carlos Gonzalez.
Barely even hitting .196, CarGo has now completely lost his everyday job in RF. Early in May, it started with being dropped down in the order, from cleanup to 5, to 6, to leadoff (in the hopes of finding some kind of spark), and now in recent weeks all the way down to 7. It has gotten so bad that manager Walt Weiss has even benched CarGo the past 3 games in a row, a missing variable in the thrilling sweep of the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.
CarGo, by his own admission, is pressing at the plate.
This is just really disappointing. You obviously prepare yourself all spring for the season, and to have to come out of the gates like this is really frustrating. I know I’m better than this right now, and I appreciate the fans still having my back, but it’s really tough right now man. I want to be able to put some good games together.
But whether CarGo will get an extended look again in the lineup remains to be seen. With Desmond Jennings earning his keep as a defensive stronghold in CF, Corey Dickerson developing into his own as an every day run producer, and Dexter Fowler now coming back from the DL, it’s hard envisioning just how much longer CarGo can keep himself in the conversation in Colorado. Rumors within the organization indicate that the club may entertain freeing up salary space by selling low on CarGo now, even if it is to a team within the division.
GM Richie Ho is candid about such possibilities:
We’ve all come to know Carlos to be an All-Star caliber player who can make instant and constant impact within the game on both sides of the ball. We know that and we’re making sure that the people we’re speaking to is reminded of that. But with the modest momentum that we’ve garnered for ourselves here in June, it’s worthwhile to see just what we can do in order to continue propelling ourselves further in the right direction. And CarGo is our biggest trade chip to make that happen. We’ve admittedly been carrying excess outfielders since day one, and these past few weeks seeing Jennings and Dickerson taking advantage of increased playing time, and now with Fowler back – all that has made it a bit easier to come to grips with the possibility of trading CarGo away. We know he’s Popular here in Colorado, but we will certainly explore every possible avenue, especially the one toward acquiring a bona fide rotation arm that we’ve been seeking for since Spring Training.
It remains to be seen whether Tulo and CarGo will continue to remain together to be the dynamic duo like they have in the been past for the Rockies, but as he continues to be benched more or more, we’d have to imagine that it’s in the best interest of both parties for CarGo to wear a new uniform by deadline’s time.