The Butter & Egg Man, Adrian Gonzalez, is back and has returned with a vengeance. During his first three full seasons with the Dodgers (2013-2015), Gonzalez could be counted on to deliver big hits and RBI’s. He delivered RBI totals of 100, 116, and 90; the 2014 RBI total of 116 lead the National League. His OPS (on base percentage plus slugging percentage) was consistent at .803, .817, and .830. He hit 22, 27, and 28 home runs. His hitting with RISP (runners in scoring position) was consistently above average at .323, .333, and .296.
Then something happened in the first half of 2016. Maybe it was his bad back, maybe it was bad luck, maybe the chickens couldn’t lay eggs and the butter melted. Whatever it was, his power seemed to be missing as hit only seven home runs through the first 81 games of the season. Moreover, in June he stunk: one home run, eight RBI’s, a quadruple slash line of ..223/.295/.395/.614 (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS).
His back must be better or he forgot about any ailment he ever had. His July numbers improved with an OPS of .864 along with 16 RBI’s. Then August happened: slash line of .385/.417/.705/1.122 with 6 HR’s and 22 RBI’s. Oh, yeah, we’ve still got a week of August left.
The butter and egg man had a special delivery for us over the most recent two games. On Monday against the Reds, he fired off three rocket homers and eight RBI’s. Last night against the hated Giants, with the score tied 3-3 and bases loaded, he hit a no-doubter single into center field that scored two runs. His other RBI happened in the third inning when, with the score tied 2-2, Adrian hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Corey Seager to score.
The Butter & Egg Man is back.
But the big worry for today is what kind of pitcher will Rich Hill be coming off the disabled list? Hill goes up against Johnny Cueto in tonight’s contest.