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Rockies | Carlos Gonzalez improving?

Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez has a slash line of .348/.414/.696 with 11 of his 17 home runs on the road this year, where he's typically struggled in his career. He's also hitting .354 with a .620 slugging percentage against lefties. Gonzalez's strikeout and walk rates are up this year compared to 2012, but he's swinging at about the same amount of pitches outside the zone. It appears that he's swinging at less pitches overall, though. ESPN's David Schoenfield points out that Gonzalez is pulling the ball a bit more, as well, which could explain why he has a higher home run rate this year. He's excelling on inside pitches, hitting .302 with five homers versus just .258 with three home runs on inside offerings last season.

Fantasy Tip: As Schoenfield mentions, Gonzalez's health will go a long way. In seasons past, injuries have gotten in the way of what could have easily been MVP years. He's fully healthy now, and it's showing. Improvements on the road and against lefties are pluses.

2013-06-06 11:12:50 | Source: - David Schoenfield

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