During game four of the NLDS, the Dodgers had a victorious win against the Washington Nationals, 6-5, forcing a game five tomorrow at 5:08 p.m. at our nation’s capitol.
Dodgers first baseman, Adrian Gonzalez, set the momentum yesterday when he struck a two-run home run during the bottom of the first inning.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 12, 2016
Adrián González – 6th career postseason HR He's homered in each of the the LAST 5 postseason series in which he's played
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 11, 2016
Is it safe to say that Adrian “El Titan” Gonzalez is waking up from his postseason slumber?
In late May, the 34-year-old, Gonzalez had reported he was having lower back stiffness. He has played for 11 seasons without ever being placed on the disabled list. Dave Roberts said the slump Gonzalez had in June was not health related at all.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 27, 2016
Gonzalez’ slump was at an all time low in the month of June where he hit .223 with an OBP of .295. However, being the veteran that he is, he bounced back and finished the season strong with a .285 AVG, 18 home runs, and 90 runs batted in.
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Is his 1-3 performance on Tuesday a sign of him regaining his form? If we are looking at his postseason history, we should expect the answer to this question to be yes.
In his postseason career, Gonzalez is hitting .282 with 6 home runs and 17 runs batted in! His regular season proved the law of averages to be true after he bounced back from his slump, so his luck should be turning around! Oddly enough, Corey Seager is hitting only .167 this postseason; however, his big hits have hidden that.
In order for the Dodgers to secure a spot in the NLCS, the entire team will need to perform and Gonzalez’s clutch home run on Tuesday is a good sign that his bat is coming around. For more updates on Gonzalez, stay posted on Dodgers news and more!
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