It turns out that Adrian Gonzalez is not an adequate replacement for Cody Bellinger. I was wrong on Adrian, I had hoped that Adrian would show that with his back somewhat healed he could once again provide some butter and eggs but instead he has looked very much like the same player who displayed an anemic bat before hitting the disabled list.
Adrian has had a couple of good swings, but for the most part, he’s been horrible.
Split PA 2B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS April/March 96 5 0 10 .259 .337 .318 .654 May 55 4 1 10 .269 .273 .404 .677 June 31 2 0 3 .214 .258 .286 .544 August 45 3 1 4 .190 .222 .333 .556
When Cody returns tonight, Dave Roberts has said that he is his first baseman so while Adrian may see a start or two, at this point, it looks like he is going to be a bench player most of the time.
Cody has some work to do if he wants to catch Frank Robinson and set the NL rookie home run record. Cody has not homered since August 12, and sure he hasn’t played since August 19th, but he hasn’t had many spells of five games without a home run. At 34 he still needs one to tie Mike Piazza for the LAD rookie home run record.
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