Day time Adrian Gonzalez ready to rumble
I knew Adrian was doing great work during the day but I didn’t know until the Dodger notes came out this morning that he has been the best day time hitter in baseball this year:
González leads the Majors in batting average in day games, hitting .395 (51-for-129) with a .448 on-base percentage, 12 doubles, six homers and 31 RBI in 34 games. This season, he has 16 multi-hit games in his 34 day games, including seven three-hit games, and during the course of his career, González has a .315/.382/.533 slashline in 510 day games vs. a .281/.355/.479 mark in 1,262 night games.
I’m sure the Dodgers note folk used a different plate appearance criteria, but when I use at least 50 plate appearances I get a little different number. Adrian is 2nd in OPS behind Sandy Leon. Yeah, Sandy Leon, the little known journeyman catcher for the Red Sox who has gone off this year. I expect they used 100 plate appearances as their cutoff.
Since the notes showed that Adrian has a career OPS of .915 in the day time compared to .834 in the night time, it made me wonder how Adrian’s day time splits as a full time Dodgers (starting in 2013) compared to the rest of baseball. Pretty good, not the best in baseball but number eight is very impressive.
Coming off a home run last night I think we can expect more from Adrian today as he hopes to help Julio Urias continue to write his name in the record books.
Even though Urias has pitched spot duty one could say he has been the most effective Dodger pitcher. Julio is coming off of six inning scoreless start and has not allowed a run in his last 10.2 innings. In the 2nd half Julio has gone 3-0 with a 2.18 ERA (5 ER/20.2 IP) in five games (three starts).