Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: Five Players To Watch

Apr 11, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA: General view of Dodger Stadium entrance sign during ceremony to rename Elysian Park Avenue to Vin Scully Avenue in honor of Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Scully, who is retiring after 67 years after the 2016 season. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA: General view of Dodger Stadium entrance sign during ceremony to rename Elysian Park Avenue to Vin Scully Avenue in honor of Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Scully, who is retiring after 67 years after the 2016 season. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies
Apr 13, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) falls to the ground after being brushed back by San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40)(not pictured) in the third inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports /

Carlos Gonzalez is off to a rough start for the Colorado Rockies. His average for the season peaked at .209 during the San Francisco series but stands at .192 heading to Los Angeles.

With one homer and two RBI, it’s not hard to see where some of the sputtering from the Colorado offense has come from early in the season. Without CarGo being CarGo, it hasn’t been as easy to drive home Charlie Blackmon or set the table for Nolan Arenado.

CarGo’s current average includes being 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position so far this season. He’s also struck out six times in 24 at-bats so far to end the inning. He’s hitting just .167 with two outs so his ability to extend the inning hasn’t been there so far in 2017.

In his career, CarGo has more strikeouts (59) than hits (45) at Dodger Stadium. His .243 average isn’t great, but even that would be a plus for Colorado in this short series.

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What to watch: CarGo didn’t see action against Clayton Kershaw when the two teams met in Colorado. Will left-handed Gonzalez get a swing in against left-handed Kershaw in this series? The two haven’t faced each other since 2015 when CarGo went 2-for-6 against Kershaw.

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