It wasn't a mirror image by any means, but Carlos Gonzalez posted fairly similar numbers in 2016 to those he put up in his bounce-back 2015 campaign. In the past two seasons, he managed to score the exact same number of runs (87), while also maintaining nearly indistinguishable walk and strikeout rates (even if they were still somewhat unimpressive). Although his decrease in home runs is somewhat troubling (he hit 15 fewer in 2016), the All-Star still hit 42 doubles, drove in 100 runs and notched a 27-point jump in his batting average. Better yet: CarGo managed to stay healthy nearly the entire season outside of a couple of minor wrist and ankle issues. The 31-year-old still adheres to the Coors Field effect (.966 home OPS, .744 road OPS) and his speed isn't what it once was, but there's no denying that he is still a solid contributor when healthy. As long as he continues to play half his games in Denver, Gonzalez should continue to be a reliable OF2.
Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk in Team Venezuela's 4-3 win over Team Italy on Monday. Monday's showing brought CarGo's World Baseball Classic batting line up to .313 with an .827 OPS. Gonzalez has come out with his thoughts on how the tournament positively impacts his performance during the regular season, and although the proof behind that correlation remains to be seen, Gonzalez will have a few more opportunities to play in the Classic as his team takes on Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Team USA in the coming days.
Gonzalez will play for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. The veteran slugger will head to the WBC as the senior member of the Venezuelan outfield, teaming up with the likes of Odubel Herrera, Ender Inciarte, and Hernan Perez. Once he returns from the tournament, CarGo will look to produce another healthy and productive season like he had in last season, when he posted an OPS of .855 and drove in 100 runs.
Gonzalez is out of the lineup Saturday against the Dodgers, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports. Gerardo Parra will take over in right field as Gonzalez sits against lefty Clayton Kershaw, marking Gonzalez's first absence in September. Gonzalez has more than held his own against lefties this season (.795 OPS) but he's just 7-for-36 (.194 average) in his career against Kershaw.
Gonzalez is out of the lineup for the second game of Colorado's double header against the Dodgers. Gonzalez, who went 0-for-3 in the first game, will sit out for tonight's matchup against Bud Norris and the Dodgers. Gerardo Parra will start in right field and hit fifth in place of Gonzalez.
Gonzalez went 1-for-6 but hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning in Saturday's 9-4 victory over the Nationals. He also had an RBI groundout earlier in the game. The slugger blasted a 425-foot shot to center in the 11th that plated DJ LeMahieu and extended the Rockies' lead to 8-4 at the time. It Gonzalez's fourth multi-RBI outing of August and third round-tripper of the month.