For all the reasons the Red Sox should be better in 2012 than they were in 2011, here's one that probably deserves a little more attention: Adrian Gonzalez' power.
The first baseman had an outstanding Red Sox debut any way you slice it — winning Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, and nearly adding a batting title after hitting .338. But he managed "just" 27 home runs, his lowest total since 2006, when he hit 24 for the Padres in his first season as a starter.
That number is fairly shocking considering that Gonzalez had averaged 34 homers a season during his final four years in San Diego, where he played half of his games in spacious Petco Park, the most extreme pitcher's park in baseball.
More gone from Gonzo
Boston Herald | Jan 8