Colorado Rockies vs. Minnesota Twins: 5 key players to watch

Apr 3, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Fans surround Target Field as they await the gates to open for the game with the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Fans surround Target Field as they await the gates to open for the game with the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-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 /

Carlos Gonzalez, RF, Colorado

Gonzalez has been struggling mightily most of the season. However, it’s very obvious that CarGo has started to see the light at the end of the tunnel in recent games.

CarGo was moved down in the order against the Dodgers, slipping from his usual cleanup spot to sixth in the lineup. The move paid off as Gonzalez hit .455 in 11 at-bats in the sixth position. He also has four of his 11 RBI on the season from that spot as well. That includes a 2-for-4 performance with three RBI in Thursday’s win over Los Angeles.

While Gonzalez has found his swing during the end of Colorado’s 10-game homestand, it’s obvious from statistics how cold CarGo has been away from Coors Field. He’s hitting just .145 in road games, striking out in 18 of his 62 at-bats away from Denver.

However, CarGo heads to Minnesota with confidence and a sense that the slump is indeed coming to an end. If that’s the case, look for those numbers away from Coors Field to jump quickly and dramatically.

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