Boston Red Sox: Why We Should Expect Adrian Gonzalez to Break out in Second Half

Brian Roach@BrianRoachJrCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2012

BOSTON, MA - JULY 17:  Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox hits an RBI single against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning during the game on July 17, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Adrian Gonzalez will be at first base for the rest of the season for the Boston Red Sox and has found the right batting stance to finally start hitting the ball out of the park.

Gonzalez has not been the player the Red Sox need so far in 2012. He may have 51 RBIs on the season, but the power has been out all season long. He has a mere seven home runs in 351 at-bats. He still has been able hit at a .291 rate thanks to a recent 17-game hit streak and still has 27 doubles to lead the entire team.

The one other thing that has been strange is that the 30-year-old has only walked 23 times and his OBP is only .334. His OPS is also .195 points lower than it was in 2011, which should change fast the rest of the 2012 season.

The Gold Glove first baseman now is secure at his natural position and has really been a force in the cleanup spot for the last month or so.

He has tried different batting stances all year and has really just looked as if he was not right at the plate. Now, he has started sticking to a single batting stance and is looking to get on a run with the long-ball.

He has found his swing in recent weeks and will be able to be the force the Red Sox paid for last offseason. He will not only drive in the runs, but will send the ball over the fences and have those clutch hits the Red Sox need to take the reins in the Wild Card race come September.

It will be interesting to see what he can do without David Ortiz in the lineup over the next week or so while Ortiz deals with an Achilles injury. But it should be a great two and a half months for Gonzalez to end the season, as he returns to form after the 2011 home run derby, when the power was zapped out off his bat.