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Adrian Gonzalez left Petco Park in San Diego after the 2010 season when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. We saw an immediate jump in two of the three categories that make up the Triple Crown last season. Gonzalez finished the year with the highest batting average of his career. He also had the second most RBIs in his career.
Gonzalez’s home runs took a dip last year, which is a little surprising. Gonzalez hit 27 home runs last year with the Red Sox. The last four years he was with the Padres he averaged just over 34 home runs a year. The most home runs he’s ever hit was 40 and that was in 2009.
I think Gonzalez is going to continue to have one of the highest batting averages and continue to be a league leader in RBIs. Last year Gonzalez hit one home run in the month of April. If he can get going a little earlier his home run numbers should bounce back.
If the home runs are there Gonzalez will be in contention for the Triple Crown.