It's tempting to write a player off when he's well into his 30s and coming off a career-worst season at the plate, but not every player follows a predictable parabola of performance as he ages. The truth is that Adrian Gonzalez hasn't been a significant power source in five years -- his last SLG above .500 was in 2011, while his last 30-HR season was in 2010 -- but his continual placement in the middle of the Dodgers' batting order has led to some lofty RBI totals (396 RBI over the last four years). The Dodgers have Gonzalez for another two years and $43 million, so he might keep racking up RBI totals in the middle of the lineup, but his production in the other categories continues to be marginalized by the breadth and depth of the first base position, particularly in the modern era of over-the-fence baseball. The biggest threat to Gonzalez's counting stats is Cody Bellinger, a powerful first base prospect in the Dodgers' system who is charging fast.
Gonzalez is out of Saturday's lineup against the Diamondbacks, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports. He has been notoriously bad against lefties in recent seasons, and will therefore sit with southpaw Robbie Ray on the hill for Arizona. Scott Van Slyke will start at first base and hit cleanup.
Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Wednesday's 4-2 win over Colorado. The veteran slugger has sat some against southpaws, but that has been a result of manager Dave Roberts' plan to give his first baseman extra rest this season, as opposed to a platoon situation. Gonzalez has actually seen 27 of his 61 plate appearances come against lefties this season. Playing time is not as concerning as his lack of power at the plate this season (no home runs and just two extra-base hits). Even though he isn't hitting the ball with authority early on, Gonzalez should see his RBI totals rise while batting in the heart of the Dodgers' lineup.
Gonzalez is not in Monday's lineup against the Diamondback, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Gonzalez's absence from the lineup likely has to do with the fact that they're facing left-hander Robbie Ray, which explains why Joc Pederson has been given the day off as well. A-Gon is a good bet to be back in action Tuesday against righty Shelby Miller.
Gonzalez is back in the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks. After getting the day off Thursday against Brett Anderson, Gonzalez will draw back into his usual spot in the order, batting cleanup against Zack Greinke. Gonzalez is 3-for-11 lifetime against Greinke with one home run and just one strikeout.
Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday against the Cubs, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. Gonzalez takes a seat against another left-hander, this time former Dodgers hurler Brett Anderson, with Scott Van Slyke taking his spot batting fifth. A-Gon should return on Friday against Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke.
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