Tonight the Cardinal pitching was a little too much as the Dodgers lost 6 – 1. Rich Hill gave up 5
earned runs in 4 innings while walking 7 to get his 2 nd loss of the year. Since coming off the DL Adrian
Gonzalez has been steadily moving up the hitting ranks. The hard hitting 1 st baseman is currently hitting
.254 much below his lifetime average of .284. This year Gonzales has battled a bunch of little injuries
that caused him to go on the Disabled list for the first time in his career. All of this has combined to slow
Gonzales down this year.
|MLB Career Stats||6873||976||1989||309||1165||6||.289||.361||.850|
For most of his career Adrian has been very consistent, playing at least 158 games a season
while having a combined .289 batting average with 308 home runs and 1161 RBI’s. At this point we can
look inside the numbers to see if he is ready to break out. He sprays the ball around as he pulls the ball
39% of the time, back through the middle 34% and to the opposite field 27%. This shows he is capable of
going with pitches to raise his batting average. He loves the fastball as he hits them 60% of the time.
With an exit velocity of 89 mph, and a launch angle of 14.76 degrees he should come back to his lifetime
CBS Sports baseball scout Jason Rutherford