Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
Blog Entry

Stiff neck cause for Gonzalez's power outage

Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:52 pm
 
GonzalezBy Evan Brunell

Before Friday's first-inning double, freshly shaved Adrian Gonzalez had been mired in a 0-for-14 skid. While that skid may be over, Gonzalez still has to contend with a disappearance in his power production. Gonzalez's power has been conspicuously absent for some time now, slamming just one homer since July 8. That's a noticeable drop off from seasons past, especially 2009 when he managed to hit 40 home runs despite playing half his games in Petco Park for San Diego.

Earlier in the week, Red Sox manager Terry Francona attributed Gonzalez's struggles to a stiff neck, something Gonzalez denied to WEEI.

"The neck has been fine," Gonzalez said. "It's something that flared up right before Chicago [July 30], when we were playing [Kansas City] in the day game [July 28]. It flared up the next day and it has been getting better ever since. It created a couple of mechanical things I've been working through."

"I'm not hitting because my swing isn't good right now, not because of my neck," he added.

Since slamming his last home run -- Gonzalez's 18th of the year -- on July 30, the first baseman  has hit just .261/.325/.348 over 77 plate appearances. While Gonzalez may be right in denying that his stiff neck hasn't directly impacted his struggles, Francona isn't incorrect either. The neck doesn't have to continue hurting to cause struggles, something Gonzalez admits when he says his mechanics haven't been the same since.

"You always go through injuries. Injuries are usually the reason you create bad habits, and then after that once you get better you try to battle out of it, you get to a point where you feel good and you start going on a good streak," he said. "That's how the game goes. It's a long season, so it's not hard not to go through it. It's a long season. The only thing that matters is that I'm feeling good when the playoffs come around."

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeonBaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.


Comments
hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:11 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator



peulouy
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 9:51 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:39 am
 

Stiff neck cause for Gonzalez's power outage

Very good Journal Choose a set down effectively take dye outline that could be more likely to make application for a photocopy of your respective procedure?



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Stiff neck cause for Gonzalez's power outage

Suited- As much as I HATE to agree with a Yankee fan...I agree. I guess we'll just have to settle for the World Series trophy to ease our disappointment over not getting 2 individual awards....10-2 vs. you "clowns" has us tooting our rubber horns and feeling very happy. Honk! Honk!



Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Stiff neck cause for Gonzalez's power outage

Hate to be the bearer of bad news for red sox nation, but A-gone is not your MVP this year. It will be in New York under the address of Curtis Granderson. Sorry all that talk early on from you clowns came back to bite you

I guess we can start engraving the trophy now, since this Yankee Homer made this comment. Maybe if Granderson learns how to stop dropping fly balls and cuts down his strikeout ratio, he may be considered as a contender for the title. Fielding and catching pop flies is a basic requirement you know. Oh yes..How is CC doing???????



Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Stiff neck cause for Gonzalez's power outage

Hate to be the bearer of bad news for red sox nation, but A-gone is not your MVP this year. It will be in New York under the address of Curtis Granderson. Sorry all that talk early on from you clowns came back to bite you. 


Now that sounds like a legitimate and common comment from a Yankee Fan. I guess we can start engraving the trophy now. As soon as Granderson stops losing the pop flies he is supposed to catch, and starts decreasing his strikeout ratio, he may be considered as a contender for MVP. Of course you didn't notice that "homer".



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Stiff neck cause for Gonzalez's power outage

Hate to be the bearer of bad news for red sox nation, but A-gone is not your MVP this year. It will be in New York under the address of Curtis Granderson. Sorry all that talk early on from you clowns came back to bite you. And the Cy young you were giving to Beckett after week 4 is in Detroit. Verlander has all but wrapped that award up.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com