Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 6/1/12
The Thursday Takeaway In the 23-hour period spanning 8:00 p.m. MT on Wednesday and 7:00 p.m. MT on Thursday, it seemed irrelevant who Astros manager Brad Mills put on the mound—Carlos Gonzalez was going to hit a home run regardless. Lucas Harrell? Check. Xavier Cedeno? Check. David Carpenter? Check. Bud Norris? Check. Lefty or righty, fastball or breaking ball, to left-center or to right-center—Gonzalez had them all covered, tying a major-league record by becoming the first player to go deep in four consecutive plate appearances since Albert Pujols did it in 2006. And he might have made it five, had Mills not thrown up four fingers to save Norris, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings, from being on the wrong side of history. Gonzalez is not the best hitter in baseball. He may not even be one of the 10 best. But when CarGo is hot, there is no one hotter. The Rockies’ left fielder went 11-for-18 in his team’s four-game sweep of the Astros, adding three doubles to those four big flie...
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