A look at Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, making his first All-Star appearance in four years.
What went right
Gonzalez was the hottest hitter on the planet in the first week of the season, hitting five home runs in the first three games of the year. His home runs came in bunches, with another five hit in the 10-game homestand heading into the break, giving Gonzalez 17 home runs at the All-Star break.
He also has 23 doubles, on pace for over 40 doubles for a the fourth time in five seasons. A real concern at the time of the Punto Trade was Gonzalez's declining power, but starting last season, further removed from shoulder surgery, Gonzalez is hitting for power again.
Gonzalez's isolated power number (slugging percentage minus batting average) was above .200 every year from 2007-2011, but dipped to .164 in 2012 and .168 in 2013. But after a .206 turnaround in 2014, he's at .237 in 2015, his highest mark since 2009.
"Adrian is a quiet guy who does his thing, and leads by example," said manager Don Mattingly on Sunday.
What went wrong
Gonzalez hit just .248/.320/.381 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 30 games in June.
After hitting 22 doubles in his first 62 games, Gonzalez has just one double in his last 27 games, including none in his last 13 games.
Gonzalez made three straight All-Star teams as a reserve with San Diego from 2008-2010, going 1-for-5 with a walk in those three games. Gonzalez made a fourth straight All-Star team in 2011 with Boston, starting at first base for the American League. In 2011, he was 1-for-2 with a home run, hit against Cliff Lee.
Gonzalez is the seventh Dodgers first baseman to be named an All-Star, joining Dolph Camili (1939, 1941), Gil Hodges (1949-1955, 1957), Norm Larker, (1960), Steve Garvey (1974-1981), Eddie Murray (1991) and Nomar Garciaparra (2006).
Great American Ballpark
Gonzalez in his career has hit .337/.389/.692 with nine home runs, 10 doubles and 22 RBI in 25 career games in Cincinnati.