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Adrian Gonzalez has eight homers, 19 RBI since May 2

May 15, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Reuters

Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is on absolute tear at the plate.

He slugged a three-run homer in Saturday night’s 6-0 rout of the Yankees and now has seven home runs and 13 RBI in his past eight games. The 29-year-old is batting .345 with an .836 slugging percentage in the month of May.

Gonzalez has also started every game thus far on the Red Sox’ schedule. Only Jacoby Ellsbury can also claim that feat.

“A-Gone” hit a rough patch or two in his debut month with Boston — his OPS sat at .746 on April 15 — but those struggles are well behind him and there’s no reason to think that he can’t keep the good times rolling all season. He’s currently sporting a .961 OPS, nine longballs and 34 runs batted in through 39 games played.

According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, only five players in franchise history have roared out to such a fine offensive start. Manny Ramirez had 13 homers and 46 RBI through 38 games in 2001, Jimmie Foxx had 11 homers and 35 RBI through 38 games in 1936, Ted Williams had 8 homers and 38 RBI as a rookie in 1939, Walt Dropo had 10 homers and 34 RBI as a rookie in 1949, and Carl Everett smashed 13 homers and 38 RBI through his first 38 games in 2000. Decent company, eh?

  1. ahamdi5 - May 15, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    I wouldn’t label Carl ‘Jurassic’ Everett as ‘decent company’. :/ Recognizable, sure. But decent?

    • patsandsox - May 15, 2011 at 6:02 PM

      he could hit but was a total head case

  2. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - May 15, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Guy is an absolute Monster , well worth the trade . He has put the Red Sox on his back the past couple weeks.

    • patsandsox - May 15, 2011 at 6:03 PM

      I was so mad when the sox mess up the Texaria negotiations but now I think it worked out for the best

  3. cambodianbreastmilk - May 15, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    As a die hard Padres fan (yes, there’s about 4 of us that exist), I love seeing AG starting to tear it up. Next to Gwynn, he’s my next favorite Padre of all time…slightly ahead of Bip Roberts, Alomar, and Gary Templeton. Playing in Boston, he should finally get to perform on the big stage he deserves. Keep up the bashing AG!

  4. proudlycanadian - May 15, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Gonzalez is very good, but he is no Jose Bautista.

    • frankvzappa - May 15, 2011 at 8:39 PM

      i hope there are no typos in this post, because i can barely see through the tears in my eyes from laughing so hard at that ridiculous statement…

      • cur68 - May 16, 2011 at 1:14 AM

        Right you are; no typos.
        AGon’s stat line 2011:
        AB 160, R25, H52, 2B13, 3B1, HR9, RBI 34, SB1, SO 27, BB12, BA .325, OBP .374, SLG .588

        AB109, R31, H39, 2B 7, 3B1, HR 16, RBI 23, SB4, SO 19, BB35, BA.358, OBP .517, SLG .798

        So playing in fewer games (51 of ’em) JB has more runs, homers, stolen bases, & walks nearly 3 times more often. He’s got the better batting average, OBP and slugging. He strikes out less by almost exactly one third. Ayup, wipe your eyes; its not even close. JB is better by a mile.

      • cur68 - May 16, 2011 at 9:25 AM

        Sorry, that’s ‘fewer at bats’ not games.

  5. diablito0402 - May 16, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    Yeah jb has more numbers and stats but all his hits and hommers come at meaning less time while adrian is blasting hommers and 3 run doubles off the green monster to win games. In other words hes more clutch. Enough said.

  6. bosfaninva - May 16, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Just wait until Crawford really gets up to speed too. This will be the monster team everyone expected. The only weak link could be the bullpen but I think they have enough arms to make it work.

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