CarGo(ing, going, gone) Is Back

Carlos Gonzalez was not talking to hear himself talk. He was dead serious. And he is proving it. It was back on May 23. The Rockies were in Los Angeles, and he was out of the lineup for the 11th time in 20 games since he came off the disabled list. 

He wasn't pouting. Hitting .216 at the time, he knew there was nobody to blame for his plight, except himself.

He, however, also knew he was a better player than that. And he wasn't shy about making sure others were aware of what he knew he could do.

"I still have it in my head that I am an everyday player, and at some point they are going to need me," he said. "I just have to make sure that when I get my chances that I perform the way that I know I can. That's going to force the issue, and I'll be playing more."

Remember, it's not bragging if it is the truth.

Gonzalez was stating the truth. Four days later, against the Reds at Coors Field, Gonzalez was back in the lineup, and he has been in the lineup in seven of the Rockies last eight games -- getting called on to pinch-hit in the other.

After going 3-for-5 in the Rockies 9-6 victory against the Reds on Tuesday night, when he unloaded the longest home run hit at Great American Ballpark since Statcast began keeping track, Gonzalez is hitting .438 in the eight games. He has hit safely in six of his seven starts with five multi-hit games.

How hot is Gonzalez? in the eight games he has seen his season average climb from .214 to .264.

"I knew I needed to help the team and hit in order to get back (in the lineup)," said Gonzalez. "I am getting there. My goal is to help this club, no matter what. It is a special group and I feel I can still play good baseball and contribute."

When You'rE Hot, You're Hot

Date Opponent AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG OBP SLG
5/27/2018 Cin W 8-2 4 2 4 0 0 1 2 1 1 1.75
5/28/2018 SF W 6-5 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.75 0.778 1.125
5/29/2018 SF W 11-4 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0.615 0.643 0.846
5/30/2018 SF L 7-4 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0.529 0.556 0.765
6/1/2018 LAD L 11-8 5 0 2 0 1 0 2 0.5 0.522 0.773
6/2/2018 LAD L 12-4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.423 0.444 0.654
6/3/2018 LAD L 10-7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.407 0.429 0.63
6/5/2018 @Cin W 9-6 5 2 3 0 0 1 4 0.438 0.455 0.719
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG OBP SLG
Totals 32 5 14 1 1 2 9 0.438 0.455 0.719

But he did hit only one home run on what was the fifth anniversary of Gonzalez equaling a career high by hitting three home runs in a game -- against the Reds at Great America Ball Park.

"What day is today?" Gonzalez asked after the game. 

June 5, he was told.

"I want to play June 5 in Cincinnati every year," he said. "Hopefully I can continue to get better."

He was good enough to hit the longest home run hit by a Rockies player this season -- 473 feet. Trevor Story has the second longest (464 feet). Gonzalez is also No. 3 on the chart at 461 feet off Reds right-hander Matt Harvey at Coors Field on May 27 -- that day he returned to the lineup on a regular basis.

Dialing Long Distance -- 2018

Rockies Player Dis Opponent Off Date
Gonzalez, Carlos 473 at Reds Peralta, Wandy Tuesday
Story, Trevor 464 vs. Padres Mitchell, Bryan 4/23/2018
Gonzalez, Carlos 461 vs. Reds Harvey, Matt 5/27/2018
Desmond, Ian 459 vs. Dodgers Wood, Alex 6/3/2018
Arenado, Nolan 449 vs. Reds Rainey, Tanner 5/27/2018
Arenado, Nolan 447 vs. Giants Holland, Derek 5/30/2018

The home run was the second longest Gonzalez has hit since Statcast started tracking home run distances in 2015. It was five feet shy of the blast he hit off David Hernandez of the Diamonbacks at Chase Field on Sept. 12 last season -- the midst of Gonzalez's September revival when he was a key factor in the Rockies claiming the second NL wild-card spot.

It was was seventh time Gonzalez unloaded a home run of 460 or more feet in the Statcast Era, the third time on the road. It also was the second time he hit one longer than 460 feet against a Reds pitcher -- Harvey on May 27 at Coors Field and Peralta on Tuesday.

Seventh Time Charm

Dis Opponent Off Date
Gonzalez, Carlos 478 at D-Backs Hernandez, David 9/12/2017
Gonzalez, Carlos 473 at Reds Peralta, Wandy 6/5/2018
Gonzalez, Carlos 468 vs. Mariners Walker, Taijuan 8/5/2015
Gonzalez, Carlos 466 at Brewers Broxton, Jonathan 4/8/2015
Gonzalez, Carlos 462 vs.Phillies Neris, Hector 7/10/2016
Gonzalez, Carlos 461 vs. Reds Harvey, Matt 5/27/2018
Gonzalez, Carlos 460 vs. Braves Foltynewicz, Mike 7/21/2016

Tuesday's home run was the ninth of Gonzalez's career that he has hit at Great American Ballpark, tied with Wrigley Field for the second most as a visitor, trailing only Chase Field. And with the Diamondbacks in the NL West, Gonzalez has had 256 plate appearance at the home of the Diamondbacks compared to 122 at Great American Ballpark.

Going Downtown

at Stadium G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Coors Field 582 2390 2137 439 704 144 27 133 455 217 0.329 0.391 0.609 1
Chase Field 62 256 231 31 65 15 0 12 33 24 0.281 0.352 0.502 0.854
Great American 28 122 103 22 31 4 0 9 20 14 0.301 0.388 0.602 0.99
Wrigley Field 26 100 94 14 23 2 0 9 15 6 0.245 0.29 0.553 0.843
Dodger Stadium 58 239 209 27 52 8 1 7 27 26 0.249 0.331 0.397 0.728
Nationals Park 28 112 106 17 23 3 0 7 16 4 0.217 0.25 0.443 0.693
PNC Park 27 105 99 16 25 1 1 6 16 4 0.253 0.276 0.465 0.741
PETCO Park 68 277 254 34 58 11 0 6 25 23 0.228 0.292 0.343 0.635
AT&T Park 69 274 254 26 59 9 4 5 17 17 0.232 0.285 0.358 0.643
Miller Park 27 120 113 17 32 8 0 5 16 4 0.283 0.308 0.487 0.795

One can only wonder home many home runs Gonzalez would hit if he played for the Reds. Great American Ballpark has been the site of the third highest home run total in MLB since 2015, tops in the NL. Interestingly, Coors Field is only fifth, just two ahead of Rogers Centre in Toronto, and seven more than home runs than Safeco Field in Seattle.

HOME RUN HEAVENS

Ballpark HRs Home Team Home HR Visitors
Yankee Stadium 777 Yankees 414 363
Camden Yards 764 Orioles 434 330
Great American 735 Reds 323 412
Globe Life 718 Rangers 359 359
Coors Field 695 Rockies 358 337
Rogers Centre 693 Blue Jays 373 320
Safeco Field 688 Mariners 335 353
Miller Park 676 Brewers 332 344
Target Field 665 Twins 321 344
Citizens Bank 660 Phillies 290 370