Ultimately, it's more than likely that Gonzalez' numbers will be more respectable come the end of the season.
Even if they don't, the Chicago White Sox' Adam Dunn is living proof of how power can disappear and reappear from one season to the next.
Last year, after seven consecutive 38-homer seasons, Dunn hit just 11 and was a half-dozen at bats away from having the worst batting average in major league history. 2012 has been kinder, and Dunn is on pace for a career-high 50 home runs.
Gonzalez will turn things around, if not this year than the next. If the Sox are to have playoff aspirations, they need him to do so sooner rather than later.
Adam MacDonald is a Scottish journalism student at GCU. He has been a featured columnist for the Boston Red Sox since October 2010. You can follow him on Twitter, or tell him how awesome/terrible this article was by clicking here.