- If the season ended today, he would set a career high in OPS and tie his career high in OPS+. No big deal; he's playing half his games in Fenway now, right?
- Wrong. The offensive environment for Adrian Gonzalez as a member of the Red Sox with Fenway Park as his home field in 2011, as measured by Baseball-Reference, is 98 (100 is historically average), exactly the same as it was for Gonzalez as a member of the Padres with Petco Park as his home field in 2009. Yes, offense is down that much.
- He's slugging .574 in that environment, 23 points better than his career high to date.
- Since hitting a meager .266/.344/.388 through April 23, Gonzalez has hit .400/.427/.709 with an amazing 31 RBI in 26 games (196-RBI pace).
- Having demolished Chicago with a 10-for-15 performance, including two four-hit games, this weekend, Gonzalez is the first Sox player in nearly three years to put four-hit games so closely together. No surprise, Dustin Pedroia was the last to do it: He went 4 for 4 on consecutive nights in late August, 2008.
The pace is unsustainable, of course. His BABIP is through the roof. On the other hand, his line drive percentage is low, and his home run-fly ball ratio is about normal. Hopefully, the line drives come back and offset some of that BABIP regression.
But, those disclaimers out of the way, we should enjoy it while we can. This is exactly what the Sox thought they were getting, if not moreso. Carl Crawford should be taking notes.