2013 Stats: 48 G, 13 HR, 32 RBI, 9 SB, .306/.388/.602
When I saw how ridiculous Carlos Gonzalez's stats were for this season, I thought, "Sure, he has the benefit of playing half of his games in the thin air of Coors Field."
Au contraire, mon frère. Gonzalez is batting better on the road than he is at home.
In 24 home games, CarGo has a respectable triple slash of .283/.376/.554 with five home runs and six stolen bases. As a point of comparison, Coco Crisp played in 24 games in April, batting .283/.388/.556 with five home runs and eight stolen bases.
Those aren't the insane kind of numbers that guys like Justin Upton and Chris Davis put up in April, but they were good enough that a lot of people wondered if Crisp's hot start was for real.
Meanwhile, in 24 road games Gonzalez has batted .330/.400/.649 with eight home runs and three stolen bases. That roughly equates to what Bryce Harper did in the month of April, which was pretty darn impressive.
Extrapolating his current stats, Gonzalez is on pace for 42 home runs, 105 RBI and 30 stolen bases. Let's give him a little bit of wiggle room and call it 40 HR, 100 RBI and 26 SB. Care to guess how many times that has happened since 2000?
Ryan Braun did it last year but failed to win the MVP award. (No offense to Buster Posey, but we all know that voters were skeptical about Braun after the PED do-si-do that happened before the 2012 season began.)
If Carlos Gonzalez can put up numbers mirroring what Braun recorded last season while avoiding any sort of irreparable allegations, he could not only win the NL MVP award, but do so unanimously.