Colorado Rockies: 4 things we learned during this homestand

May 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of Coors Field in the fifth inning of the game between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
May 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of Coors Field in the fifth inning of the game between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies
May 2, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

CarGo moving down in the order is good

As we mentioned on the previous slide, Carlos Gonzalez was having trouble at the plate as the homestand began and it didn’t get better as the 10-game stretch continued. On Wednesday against the Cubs, an 0-for-4 performance with two strikeouts sunk his average to .188 for the season. Even though CarGo has started slow in the past and gone through his share of funks at the plate, this was something that needed to be addressed by Colorado manager Bud Black.

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Not long after Black hinted that CarGo may move out of the cleanup spot in the lineup, Gonzalez did just that. When the Dodgers came into town on Thursday, CarGo was in the sixth spot in the lineup. The move paid off as Gonzalez posted a 2-for-4 night.

On Friday night, still in the sixth position, CarGo once again came through with a 2-for-4 performance. On Saturday, in the fifth spot, Gonzalez went 1-for-4. All of those hits from lower in the order pushed CarGo’s average to .210 on the season.

It was a good sign to not only see CarGo getting some hits again, but also hitting with the power and force that Rockies fans have seen from him in recent seasons. It also shows that CarGo is willing to do what is necessary to not only get on back at the plate but help his team out as well.

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