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2015 Dodgers review: Adrian Gonzalez

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The Dodgers got another solid season in 2015 out of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who was a dependable part of the lineup all season, though he took a dip in the final third of the season.

What went right

Gonzalez continued to stay healthy, starting 148 games and playing in 156 games, his 10th straight season of playing in at least 156 games. He leads baseball with 1,589 games played over the last 10 years, one of just five players with 1,500 games played during that span.

All of his starts came either batting third (89 starts) or cleanup (59 starts).

With 28 home runs and 33 doubles, Gonzalez had a .205 isolated power, his second straight year over .200 after dipping to .164 and .168 in 2012 and 2013, respectively, post-shoulder surgery.

Gonzalez led the Dodgers in hits (157), runs scored (76), doubles (33), home runs (28), RBI (90), total bases (274), games (156), starts (148), plate appearances (643) and at-bats (571).

Gonzalez was also solid on defense at first base, one of three finalists for a National League Gold Glove Award at the position. Gonzalez led NL first baseman with 16 Total Zone Rating, was tied for second with 10 Defensive Runs Saved, and was fifth in Ultimate Zone Rating at 3.6 runs above average.

He got his season off to one of the hottest starts in major league history, hitting five home runs while going 10-for-13 in the season-opening three-game series against the Padres at Dodger Stadium, including 4-for-4 with three home runs on April 8. In addition to setting a major league record with five home runs in the season's first three games, Gonzalez stretched his streak to five consecutive games with a home run, dating back to the final two games in 2014, tying the Dodgers franchise record.

Gonzalez opened the season on an 11-game hitting streak, hitting .523 (23-for-44) with eight doubles and five home runs. He hit .383/.432/.790 with eight home runs and 19 RBI in 21 games in April.

With runners in scoring position, Gonzalez hit .296/.405/.488 with a 7.8-percent strikeout rate, compared to 19.4 percent in all his other plate appearances.

In the NLDS against the Mets, Gonzalez was 6-for-19 with a home run, hitting .316/.381/.526 with five RBI in five games.

What went wrong

From Aug. 1 through the end of the season, Gonzalez hit .238/.316/.371 with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 55 games, battling back tightness as the regular season wound down.

Gonzalez also led the Dodgers in grounding into double plays, with 21, his most since grounding into 28 two-baggers in 2011.

His 90 RBI were his fewest in a season since 2006, and in driving in 16.1 percent of his runners on base while batting was still above the NL average of 14 percent, it was the worst such mark for Gonzalez since driving in 13.8 percent of runners in 2009 in San Diego.

After hitting 21 doubles in the first third of the season (53 games), Gonzalez hit 12 doubles over the final two-thirds of the season (103 games).

2015 particulars

Age: 33

Stats: .275/.350/.480, 28 HR, 33 doubles, 90 RBI, 3.9 rWAR, 3.0 fWAR

Salary: $21 million

Game of the year

Gonzalez hit those three home runs on April 8, setting a career high while also collecting four hits. All three home runs were hit off Padres starter Andrew Cashner.

Roster status

Gonzalez has three years and $64 million remaining on his contract, including making $21 million in 2016.