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Adrian Gonzalez had light power numbers for the Padres in June of 2009.
2009 was arguably Gonzalez's best season of his career.
He hit .277, with 40 home runs and 99 RBI.
But what did he do in June of that year? He hit .235, with four home runs and eight RBI. Those numbers look a little familiar, don't they?
True, Gonzalez exploded out of the gate in the 2009 season on bad San Diego Padres team. Pitchers had no reason to give him anything to hit. He rarely saw anything he could drive and ended up with 32 walks that June.
But still, in one of the best seasons of his career, Gonzo put up very light power numbers in June.
Even the quotes from that season sound very similar to what is being said this June.
In 2009, Edgar Martinez told Bob Nightengale of USA Today:
"I'm starting to see some frustration. You see his ability, and it's just as good as any of the elite players in the game. So when you don't get anything to hit and when you see the team losing, it's tough on Adrian, because he is just so competitive."
Unless Gonzalez falls into some kind of Babe Ruthian groove, he will not hit 40 home runs this season.
But there is no reason to believe a player of Gonzo's caliber cannot do what he did from July onward in the 2009 season.
Gonzalez was able to put his frustrations aside and hit .283, with 16 home runs and 51 RBI from July 1 though October 4 that year.
It is not a stretch to believe Gonzalez can match what he did in the second half of 2009. Sixteen home runs from now through the end of season would be an explosion for Gonzalez—one fans and Gonzalez could both live with.