If one were to look at the MLB leaders in all hitting categories through April 18, they would find the same face atop eight of the 16 categories. Adrian Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been on fire through the first week of the season and has a hitting streak that dates back to last season.
So far this season, Gonzalez has accumulated 45 total bases, which is 14 more than the second place Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners. Gonzalez leads the league in on-base percentage, slugging percentage and doubles hit, among other categories.
Not only does he lead the Majors in eight categories, he sits atop each of them by a significant margin. For example, he’s ahead of Cruz in slugging percentage by .309 points and is the only player over 1.000.
Gonzalez’s hitting streak currently sits at 12 games — it began Sept. 27, 2014 — and he has 25 hits in 43 at-bats during that stretch; 22 of those hits are over the first 10 games of the 2015 season, which is a new Dodgers record.
Although Gonzalez claims not to be a home run hitter, the first baseman has seven home runs during his hitting streak, five of which came in the first three games of the 2015 season — setting another MLB record.
Gonzalez has also reached base safely at least twice in all 10 of the Dodgers games this season, which has him tied with Jackie Robinson’s start in 1952 for second place behind Zack Wheat, who reached base twice in 13 consecutive games in 1923.
Gonzalez has attributed his success to keeping a simple approach at the plate not trying to do too much, which is when a batter can run into trouble. He’s batting a blistering .550/.609/1.125 heading into Saturday’s game with the Colorado Rockies.
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