The most disappointing aspect of this season may be the regression of Adrian Gonzalez. As disappointing as it is to watch the 34-year-old struggle, it was expected that he would fall off a bit. But, did anyone expect that his struggles would be this bad?
It has been very rough watching Adrian at the plate this season, but he does still own a .267 batting average and a .340 on-base percentage which would put him at about league-average.
Where he has been struggling has been in the power category. He has yet to hit a home run this season and currently owns a .320 slugging percentage. He also owns a -0.3 WAR, which is less than ideal and definitely worrisome.
Over at first base, Adrian hasn’t looked like himself either. Through the first month of the season, Adrian has a total of minus two defensive runs saved which, also, is less than ideal. This may be attributed to Adrian dealing with a forearm injury since the WBC. It may also be that he is struggling with a herniated disk according to manager Dave Roberts.
Whatever the reason is, the best course of action right now looks to be to put him on the disabled list. If he does not deal with the injury, this season’s narrative with him will be of him holding off Cody Bellinger from taking his spot at first and holding the team back while doing so.