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Carlos Gonzalez is on fire

Jun 1, 2012, 8:23 AM EST

Carlos Gonzalez

On Wednesday, Carlos Gonzalez pulled a Reggie and hit homers in three straight at bats. OK, I guess they needed to be on three pitches to be a true Reggie, but he was pretty awesome all the same. He kept it up last night.

Gonzalez hit a homer in his first at bat of the game — fourth straight at bat with a homer — and went on to add a double and finish 3 for 4 with three RBI. He also scored three times, walked and stole a base. Full night. On the year Gonzalez is now .332/.401/.653 with 14 homers, 44 RBI and eight steals.

The Dodgers have lost Matt Kemp. And, given how much time he’s gonna miss with this latest injury, he has likely lost the lead in the MVP race. That seems to belong to Carlos Gonzalez now.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    The most important question is whether Carlos Gonzalez is a fan of Bob Dylan and if so, what’s his favorite Dylan album?

    • lazlosother - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Greatest hits.

    • mattyflex - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      Personally, I celebrate the man’s entire catalog.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      Carlos Gonzalez, being born in modern times, thinks you’re talking about Dylan Thomas when you say “Dylan.” He no care for 60s folk mumblers who play electric guitar and get weird for weird’s sake. Rabid fan base, attack.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        And yeah, I took that joke from Paul Simon, so how old am I?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      Did anybody read ATH this morning?

  2. paperlions - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Carlos is great at hitting breaking balls that don’t break.

    Home: .473 OBP, .802 SLG, 10 HR
    Away: .325 OBP, .500 SLG, 4 HR

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    I also wanted to thank Craig for not using “CarGo” anywhere in this posting.

  4. hushbrother - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Yeah but, Coors Field.

    • coloradothistle - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      If you look at the actual stats, rather than cite the dogma, Coors Field is far closer to Comerica Park than to Chase Field in Arizona. No park even comes close to Cincinnati.

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/parkfactor/_/sort/HRFactor

      • paperlions - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        First, the ESPN park factor is a poor indicator.

        Second, the reason CarGo (sorry, just being lazy) always has huge home/away splits has more to do with the fact that he has always struggled against breaking pitches than anything else. In Coors, breaking pitches just don’t break much….and he clobbers them. The humidor can’t address that aspect of Denver.

  5. markcycy - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    What are his home and road splits? I have a few names Frank Castilla/ donte buchete

  6. bubbalynch - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Coors Field and all the numbers put up at that place are a complete fraud.

    • dorbs345 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      People need to get over the Coors Field thing. Texas, Cincinnati, New York, Arizona are all way worse. Look at the stats. Shi%t is so annoying to hear all the time.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

        Since he’s been a full time start in ’10:

        ’10 –
        Home – .380/.425/.737
        Away – .289/.322/.453

        ’11 –
        Home – .331/.402/.597
        Away – .252/.317/.440

        ’12 – [SSS alert]
        Home – .396/.473/.802
        Away – .266/.324/.500

        Not saying Coors is a bandbox, but there’s no way you can say he’s not helped [significantly] by his home ballpark.

      • dorbs345 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        Most if not all hitters, hit better in their home parks. That is where they play 81 games and they are comfortable.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        Park factors since 2010 on a runs per game basis:

        ’10:
        1. Coors – 1.364
        2. NYY – 1.177
        6. Tex – 1.091
        12. Cin – 1.007

        ’11:
        1. Tex – 1.409
        2. Coors – 1.347
        6. NYY – 1.131
        8. Cin – 1.082

        ’12:
        1. Coors – 1.504
        9. Cinn – 1.135
        13. Tex – 1.071
        20. NYY – 0.895

        http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/parkfactor

      • dorbs345 - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        That’s runs per game, look at home runs per ballpark:

        2010-
        Coors 187
        White Sox 190
        Toronto 227
        Yankees 223
        Texas 174
        Cinci 184

        2011-
        Coors 195
        White Sox 166
        Toronto 198
        Yankees 209
        Texas 228

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        Why are we just looking at HRs? It’s a higher scoring run environment in Coors than all other ballparks in 2/3 years he’s been a starter.

        As for hitting better in his home ballpark, it’s not that he hits better, it’s that he goes from having Derek Jeter’s SLG this year (.456 CG to .455 DJ) away from Coors to Mark McGwire in his late 90s steroid prime (.690 CG to 709 MM).

        Last 2+ years:
        Home – .363/.423/.690
        Away – .272/.321/.456

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

        More fun with numbers, taking the average of the Runs/HR/2b/3b each year we get:

        [Overall Rank – Stadium – Average Rank]

        2010:
        4 – Coors – 7.5
        11 – Cin – 12
        16 – Tex – 14.25
        22 – NYY – 21.5

        2011:
        1 – Tex – 1.75
        3 – Coors – 4.75
        9 – NYY – 10.5
        14 – Cinn – 15

        2012:
        1 – Coors – 1.75
        5 – NYY – 10.25
        7 – Tex – 11.5
        12 – Cin – 14

        So, it’s not just HR that are easier to hit at Coors, it’s all batted ball data.

      • coloradothistle - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        We are looking at home runs in parks because the story was about home runs.

  7. dorbs345 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Coors has a huge outfield, a lot of doubles! I’m just saying I hate that everyone says the thin air is why there are so many home runs, plenty of places at sea level hit way more out than in Colorado.

  8. dorbs345 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    I wasn’t trying to talk about the runs scored, I know that’s high, personally I blame that on horrible pitchers. People just always think there are a ton of home runs when really there are many other stadiums ahead of Coors.

  9. 49ersgiants4life - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Why is the Melk man not in the MVP discussion right now he is hitting 373 with 4HR and 25RBI he’s tearing it up if the giants got on base more he would have much better RBI numbers

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