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Remember when Adrian Gonzalez was in a power slump?

Aug 26, 2011, 12:16 PM 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

As recently as last week Adrian Gonzalez‘s lack of homers was making headlines, with Terry Francona speculating that neck problems were to blame for the power slump, Gonzalez later downplaying that notion, and some people even suggesting that participating in the Home Run Derby was the culprit.

Suddenly it’s no longer even an issue.

Gonzalez hit just one homer in the span of 179 plate appearances from July 8 to August 22, including 22 straight games without a long ball, but he went deep twice last night against the Rangers and has now homered five times in the past three games.

Before this week’s power outburst Gonzalez had a total of five homers in his last 60 games, although he also hit .344 with an .898 OPS during that time to make the lack of pop much less of a concern.

Overall this season Gonzalez has hit .348 with 23 homers and a .975 OPS in 128 games, which is good for an adjusted OPS+ of 162 (on a scale where 50 is Jeff Mathis, 100 is average, and 200 is Babe Ruth). Gonzalez’s adjusted OPS+ in his final two seasons with the Padres was 157. Moving from Petco Park to Fenway Park has boosted Gonzalez’s raw numbers and hitting in the middle of the Red Sox’s lineup has inflated his RBI total, but the in-context production remains nearly the same. New ballpark, new lineup, same great hitter.

  1. aceshigh11 - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Gonzalez is simply an awesome all-around hitter.

  2. seanmk - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    it was OBVIOUSLY the Home Run Derby, how else could you explain it!

    • patsandsox - Aug 26, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      I agree, it affected both Adrian and Ortiz who slumped for a week or two after the derby. I know its a fun event, more fun than the pointless game itself but it hurts teams in midseason. Shouldnt the game be moved to during spring training, just prior to coming north? It no longer servers the purpose it was designed for 100 years ago (pitting players from the rival leagues against each other). Back then that was a novelty, now it happens twice a year a only Col Klink (bud selig) cares about the game it seem (judging by the ratings)

  3. icanspeel - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    As a Padres fan I am glad to see he is having a terrific year.

    It is funny though because the Padres could have kept him this year at the cost of what they are paying Heath Bell and who knows, might have at least competed this year. But our GM likes to trade players at the height of their value which is fine except fans want a winning team now, not a potential winning team in 2-3 years.

  4. phukyouk - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    “Remember when Adrian Gonzalez was in a power slump?”
    Remember when the Yanks were down 7-1 in the 3rd? things turn around very fast in baseball

  5. mordecofe - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    “200 is Babe Ruth”

    AKA Jose Bautista, @ 197.

    • mordecofe - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:13 PM

      Well, 196 as of yesterday.

  6. Glenn - Aug 26, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    The problem with the “home run derby” theory of home run decline is that it is not supported by data. There is no statistical evidence to support it all. I think Craig had a post about this before the All-Star game. You would expect some decline because the guys hitting the most first-half homers are in the derby and they should cool off by chance, but again the numbers don’t support it.

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