La Stella had started 26 straight games entering the series, and after a torrid start the rookie has cooled considerably. La Stella hit .364 (24-for-66) with a .425 on-base percentage through his first 18 games.
He was hitting so well Gonzalez decided to give him a shot at the leadoff spot, but he went 2-for-20 in five games there. He played three games in Houston in the No. 2 spot and went 0-for-10 there to drop his season average to .271, though he drove in a couple of runs with productive outs.
“He’s fine,” Gonzalez said. “You know that people are going to go through it, established major league hitters go through it. They go through a little period where the balls are not dropping. But even with the struggles he’s gotten a couple RBIs because he’s been able to put the ball in play. That’s the good thing about it.”