Re: Gonzalez blames the Monster
posted at 8/27/2012 2:34 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Gonzalez blames the Monster
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Gonzalez blames the Monster : Are you implying that he was holding out on hitting them to right in Fenway? Of course he has pull power. but he doesn't force it. If a pitcher gives him something to pull, he pulls it. Josh Johnson hadnt seen him in a while, did just that, and Adrian did what he was supposed to do with that pitch. Pitchers arent stupid. No one was serving anything like that to him in Fenway precisely because of the little league dimensions you speak of. And, for what it is worth, I saw him hit more than a couple out to right in Fenway.
Posted by SpacemanEephus[/QUOTE]
Early this season, indeed up to the half-way point, Gonzalez did get many pitches on the inner half or a little tighter. He missed them. He also got some curves coming to him without much bite. He missed them. He was in a slump. Right, he can and will turn on balls inside, but he can also be pitched inside, especially up, if he's been set up for the pitch. He does like to go after the high FB. And he will chase it.
I think that Gonzalez has a longer swing than Papi's. Adrian strokes. Papi explodes. One swings more with his arms, the other with his wrists. Papi has more of an upper-cut but not by much. Adrian tries to "serve" the pitch with his uppercut, Papi to lose it.
It's true that Papi is the "pure slugger" of the two. It's true that Adrian hits better to all fields, in general. But it's also true that Papi has hit monster homers over the Monster in left-center. I don't recall Adrian's doing that. It's also true that Adrian helped Papi to poke balls the other way.
The conventional wisdom is that Adrian lost homers to the big pasture in Petco, and now, according to him, to the Monster in Fenway. All of this may be correct. Left in Dodger Stadium is neither a pasture nor a Mickey Mouse field.
After Petco and Fenway, it would appear to be just what the batter ordered. With Adrian's power, if he's pitched away, he should be able to take advantage of his new home. Line drives, his specialty, should have enough thrust to cut through that damp air in Chavez.
While Gonzalez does not advertise himself as a "slugger," and certainly was not one in Boston, for whatever reasons, he comes with expectations for power. Otherwise he would not hit third or fourth in the lineup. It is not unreasonable to expect him hit 30+ homers. He may do just that -- and more -- for the Dodgers. Surely his new club has that in mind, as did the Red Sox. He also figures to hit .280/.310.
He will drive in runs. His glove is magic.
In Boston, it's spilt milk.