Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Gonzalez Turning Into More Of A RIght-Hand Man?

And not by his unequivocal support of Dodgers brass. Rather, Steve Dilbeck looked at how Adrian Gonzalez has struggled this year vs. the lefty:

The left-handed hitting Adrian Gonzalez has always taken great pride in his ability to defy baseball tradition and hit left-handers. And with good reason -- he’s a career .274 hitter against left-handers.

Only this season he’s batting .164 with a left-hander on the mound. This from a guy who’s batted over .300 against them in four different full seasons.

But right now, it’s a very real problem and has to be part of the reason Gonzalez, 32, [was] not in the lineup Monday against Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani.

In his last 11 games overall, the slumping Gonzalez is batting .108 (four for 37). Against left-handers he’s in an 0-for-20 skid.

Gonzalez is so bad, with a slashline vs. lefties in 2014 of .164/.244/.233, that it's worse than even Andre Ethier (.178/.258/.250), a notorious limper against lefties. I'm guessing this is just a momentary slump for A-Gon? As of this post's writing, Gonzalez was in the lineup for Tuesday's game, batting fourth vs. the right-handed Mike Leake, but we were still in a rain delay.