Colorado Rockies Carlos Gonzalez Should Be a Favorite for the MVP Voting

Ryan CampbellContributor IJune 1, 2012

DENVER, CO - MAY 31:  Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies takes an at bat against the Houston Astros at Coors Field on May 31, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Carlos Gonzalez, once again, is at the top of every major batting category in the National League. In 2010, he finished in 3rd in MVP voting and he is on his way to making a run at that title, recently after resigning a seven-year contract that makes him a cool $80 million.

Gonzalez had a down year in 2011 but is coming back with a vengeance in 2012.

Yesterday, Gonzalez made MLB history becoming the first Rockies player and 22nd player in MLB history to have four home runs in four consecutive at bats. That is an unworldly stat line. Match that with this:

NL Bating Stats:

#1 In Runs

#1 RBI's

#1 Slugging Percentage 

#2 Home Runs

#5 Batting Average

Now, at this point in the season with Matt Kemp going on to a long stint on the DL, Carlos Gonzalez has a chance to pull ahead and establish himself as the league's foremost MVP candidate. The interesting thing is he has not received a lot of publicity. That's why I am here!

He is setting himself up very early to have an epic season. "I'm a guy that doesn't really play for records. They just happen," Gonzalez said, as quoted by the Denver Post.

I have a lot of respect for this guy and he is surrounded with immense support from Helton, Tulowitzki, and Scutaro. Carlos Gonzalez is someone everyone should be watching as he is on pace to have a monster year.