With the Colorado Rockies 10 games behind the National League West leading San Francisco Giants and Carlos Gonzalez hitting the disabled list today due to tendinitis in his wrist the Rockies hopes, however small, of making the playoffs are gone.
CarGo tweaked his wrist yesterday against Tommy Hanson and even though he flew with the team to Arizona he ended up on the DL and Eric Young Jr. is back in Rockies uniform for tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks. It is not yet known how long he will be out of the lineup but his absence is going to be costly.
About a month ago I wrote that CarGo might be nothing special at the plate but since I wrote that piece (not saying there is any correlation, but I wouldn’t be surprised if CarGo is a faithful reader of mine…) he is batting .364/.426/.645 and has been the Rockies best batter. In the field he has been his usual Gold Glove self and at the plate he looked like the MVP-caliber player from 2010.
Now the Rockies will be forced to use Ryan Spilborghs more regularly and if you need a stat to quantify the drop in production: CarGo has a WAR of 2.5 in 2011 according to fangraphs and Spilly is actually costing the team wins when he plays because he has a WAR of -0.3.
Now the Rockies are on the road for the next nine games and all of them come against the NL West. The Rockies are five games under .500 on the road and four games under .500 against the NL West in 2011. Since 2008 the Rockies are 115-104 in the second half and some think that those nine games over .500 make them a second half team…I disagree. Take out 2009 when they were 16 games over .500 and they are actually under .500 in the second half three of the past four seasons combined. Think what you will but they weren’t making a run this year and now with CarGo missing at least the next two weeks, including this very important road trip, the season is finished.