Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez Bring Home Silver Slugger Awards
By Andrew Dill
Colorado Rockies teammates Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez added more hardware to their collection Thursday afternoon, capturing Silver Slugger awards for their respective positions.
If you were surprised by the results, same on you. Now, if you would have told me CarGo would achieve Silver Slugger status during the first half of the season, I wouldn’t have believed you one bit. The 30-year-old struggled out of the gates in the 2015 campaign, this after playing in just 70 games in 2014.
CarGo slashed at a clip of .259/.314/.456 with 16 doubles, 13 home runs and 35 RBI’s, not to mention an on-base plus slugging percentage of .766. In the second half, however, CarGo started to look like his former self. Gonzalez slashed at a line of .285/.337/.638, raising his on-base plus slugging percentage to .975. The power was evident, hitting 27 of his 40 home runs in the second half. However, CarGo hit seven fewer doubles but nearly doubled his RBI’s.
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Nolan Arenado; where do I even start with this superstar in the making. I feel as if the 24-year-old was snubbed in the MVP Voting, but everyone has a right to their own opinion. The hardware has been coming in steady this offseason for Nolan, capturing the following; Gold Glove, Wilson Defensive Award and now, a Silver Slugger.
Everyone continues to rag on Nolan’s on-base percentage, which appears to be low, yet they fail to recognize the production this kid put up on an abysmal team. You’re telling me 43 doubles, four triples, 43 home runs and 130 RBI’s isn’t enough to qualify for an MVP bid? Get out of here. It’s pretty amazing to see this kind of production in today’s game, considering all of the young, talented arms that continue to surface.
Nolan finished first in the National League in the following categories; total bases (354), extra-base hits (89), sacrifice flies (11) and home runs (42).
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Even though the Rockies’ had another one of those hard-to-watch seasons if you will, Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez kept you glued to your television.