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Sneaky, but Serious MVP Contender

Posted on: August 1, 2010 11:25 am
Edited on: August 1, 2010 11:33 am

In the National League their is a young outfielder you may not all give credit too, or realize how good he really is. Carlos Gonzalez has been a monster for the Colorado Rockies this year, you may not know much about him since he plays for the smaller market Rockies. Cargo (The nickname given to him by Rockies fans) has been red hot the last few weeks, and his season stats show it. Cargo hit for the cycle July 31st, and to finish the cycle he hit the walkoff homerun. Almost no better way to end a game and complete a cycle like that in my opinion.

Carlos is number two (.321), behind only Joey Votto (.326) for first place in batting average in the National league (as of August 1st.) Cargo is top 8 in the National League in RBI's (68) and is a threat to steal a base every time he's on the base paths (15). Carlos can do it all, whether it's steal a bag, hit a homerun (Not just little homeruns, mosterous ones), or make a Gold Glove type defensive play. Carlos will be a 30-30 threat for years to come.

With all of this being said here is how Cargo's numbers look through 92 games on the regualar season.

Carlos Gonzalez - Average: .321 - Homeruns: 21 - RBI's: 68 - SB's: 15 - Runs: 67

On Pace for

150 Games - .321 Average - 34 Homeruns - 111 RBI's - 109 Runs - 24 SB's - and 201 Hits.

If that is not MVP caliber numbers I don't know what is. As long as Carlos keeps on pounding the ball like he has been the last month, he'll be close to the top if not the top in NL MVP voting.

Other Stats

.337 AVG. with Runners in Scoring Position (RISP)

Cargo ranks among the top 10 in the NL in these catagories -  AVG (2) RBI's (6) SLG (5) HR (10) Runs (6) OPS (10)

1.000 FPCT in 48 games at CF.

Gonzalez has 1 error in 92 games this season.

Cargo isn't just a threat for MVP, but also a Gold Glove. 1 error is 92 games is great, and gives him a shot at winning a Gold Glove. This is my case at giving Carlos Gonzalez a serious shot at winning the NL MVP, award and maybe a Gold Glove too. Cargo is a "Sneaky, but Serious MVP Contender"

Category: MLB

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 7:35 pm

Sneaky, but Serious MVP Contender

Can't disagree with you at all Jay, especially since Cargo has been tearing it up for my fantasy team!  The only knock, of course, on his resume is it's doubtful the Rockies make the playoffs this year.  Nice article.

Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 7:04 pm

Sneaky, but Serious MVP Contender

Great research Jaysta... I don't know if he'll get enough recognition if the Rockies don't make the playoffs, but imagine if CarGo led the Rockies to the playoffs... he'd be pretty tough to ignore at that point.

Per the other comment, that was one of the best trades the rockies ever made. Street has been a more than solid replacement for Fuentes, and with a young core that features Tulo, CarGo, Stewart, Fowler and that up and coming pitching staff, the Rockies look like they could be in contention for years to come, and hopefully this isn't the last of the MVP talks :)

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 11:26 am

Sneaky, but Serious MVP Contender

Man, did the Rockies get a steal from that Matt Holliday trade from my Athletics! But you know and I know that the naysayers are going to say that he benifitted playing at Coors Field/Mile High (see Vinny Castilla,Dante Bichette,Larry Walker). Winning a Gold Glove he is a lock,but MVP I gotta go with Joey Votto. He's carrying the Reds offense (Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs are not hitting). He's also has Triple Crown numbers and the Reds have better chance of making the playoffs. The Rox have to leap-frog over a lot of other teams to get into contention. Other than that, I like your take on him.

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