Even with their team out of the hunt for the postseason and mired in the National League West cellar, Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado continue to make headlines around MLB for the Colorado Rockies … and continue to make the season interesting for Colorado fans.
On Tuesday night in Phoenix, Gonzalez blasted his 40th homer of the season in a 4-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. With Arenado sitting at 41 homers (tied with Washington’s Bryce Harper for the National League lead), the duo become the first teammates to post 40 homers in the same season since Jermaine Dye (44) and Jim Thome (42) turned the feat with the Chicago White Sox in 2006. They are the first Rockies teammates with 40 home runs in a season since Larry Walker (49), Andres Galarraga (40), and Vinny Castilla (40) in 1997.
Colorado manager Walt Weiss has said he doesn’t intend to sit either player during the Rockies’ season-ending road trip to Arizona and San Francisco. The Rockies have five games left in the season, playing the Diamondbacks Wednesday and Thursday before facing the Giants in a three-game campaign finale over the weekend.
“I don’t plan on sitting either one of them, really,” Weiss told MLB.com. “They’re both chasing some things. They’re having unbelievable seasons. That competition is good for both of them.”
As a disappointing season concludes for the Rockies, Weiss believes that Arenado and Gonzalez are not only chasing the home run crown, but also inspiring each other to be better players.
“I believe they’re good for each other,” Weiss said. “Nolan is wound pretty tight, is very intense. It’s helped that he sees CarGo, who is more carefree. I think it’s rubbed off on him, and vice versa.”
In addition to pursuing the National League home run title, Arenado is leading Major League Baseball with 127 RBI while Gonzalez sat at 96 heading into Wednesday’s action.