Gonzalez is not in the Rockies' Thursday lineup, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. In August, the outfielder has been showing fleeting signs of breaking out of his near season-long lull, but he'll have to wait at least until a pinch-hit appearance to keep trying to move forward. Gonzalez should rejoin the starting nine Friday at home against the Brewers' Zach Davies. As for Thursday, Alexi Amarista will patrol right field in CarGo's stead.
Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a stolen base during Monday's win over Atlanta. 2017 has been a disastrous fantasy campaign for Gonzalez. The veteran owns a disappointing .236/.303/.347 slash line with just seven home runs, 37 RBI, three stolen bases and 45 RBI over 393 plate appearances. Considering he's played half his games at hitter-friendly Coors Field the statistical collapse is even more concerning. It's definitely worth noting that he's registered a hit in 19 of his past 21 games, though.
Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Wednesday's 10-5 loss to the Mets. Gonzalez's 439-foot blast put his team up 5-0 in the third inning, but it all went downhill from there. CarGo has started to show signs of life at the plate, as he's in the midst of a season-high 11-game hitting streak. The home run was his first since June 20 and the 31-year-old outfielder's slugging percentage still sits at a career-low .347.
Gonzalez is not in the lineup for the second game of Colorado's doubleheader with the Nationals on Sunday. CarGo went just 1-for-5 with a run scored in the first game of the day, so he'll head to the bench for the nightcap. Raimel Tapia will move into right field to replace him.
Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Pirates. Saturday's contest marked the third start in a row that the veteran outfielder has collected a hit. Although that may seem somewhat insignificant, it's a step in the right direction for the slumping slugger, as it already raised his batting average eight points over the past week. Gonzalez has been the missing piece in the breakout season for Colorado, and if he can get things going, he could cement his spot in the order once again given that manager Bud Black likes to ride the hot hand whenever possible.
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