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.