Yo Adrian!

For the season, Adrian Gonzalez is batting .279 with 70 runs, 32 HR,
72 RBI and an OPS of .980.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez started the season as one of the top-two hitters in baseball along with Raul Ibanez.

Gonzalez batted .333 in April with nine HR and 20 RBI. He continued the onslaught in May with 11 more long balls and 20 more RBI, but his batting average began to dip as teams started to pitch around him.

Unfortunately he couldn't keep it going and slumped in June and July. He managed to hit just .235 in June, collecting 32 walks as teams refused to pitch to him. In July, he his batting average was below the "Mendoza Line" - .198. However, he's turned it around in August and is hitting the ball all over the place again.

Over the past seven days, Gonzalez is hitting a ridiculous .633 with an equally outrageous OPS of 1.745. He's scored 10 runs, hit three home runs and knocked in eight. For the month of August he's hitting .471 with an OPS of 1.365. For the season, Gonzalez is batting .279 with 70 runs, 32 HR, 72 RBI and an OPS of .980.

For Gonzalez owners, it all comes down to whether the opposition decides to pitch to him. He leads the major leagues in walks with 90, one more than Adam Dunn and two more than Albert Pujols a.k.a. the "best hitter in baseball."

Considering Gonzalez had a preseason Average Draft Position (ADP) of 37.5 and was the No.8 first baseman selected, he's been a great value.

Be aware, however, that with seven home games this week, Gonzalez is likely to slow down a bit. His split stats for home versus away show he's been a much better hitter on the road.

2009 Adrian Gonzalez Home/Away Statistics

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