Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is on fire at the plate in the month of May. For the month, he is batting .360 with 7 home runs and 16 RBIs, and there are still two weeks left in May. Bartolo Colon learned this last night after Gonzalez hit a bomb that still might be traveling through the New York sky line.
Pitching to Gonzalez right now is a dangerous task. I am not saying Gonzalez should be given Barry Bonds-like treatment all the time, but in certain situations, he can’t be pitched to. In the late innings of a close game with men on base, let him take a walk to first.
The one problem with that strategy is Kevin Youkilis gives Gonzalez solid protection. Youkilis has begun to heat up after a slow start. He quietly has 6 home runs and 22 RBI’s and put his stamp on last night’s game breaking a 2-2 tie in the 7th with a two run homer off Joba Chamberlain. As Youkilis gets hot, it only makes Gonzalez even more dangerous.
With Gonzalez and Youkilis back to back, it is pick your poison for an opposing manager and pitcher. This combo will cause many nightmares throughout the entire American league all season. If it were up to me, I would go after Youkilis instead of Gonzalez. That is no insult to Youkilis because right now you can argue that Gonzalez might be the best hitter in the entire game. Whatever decision is made, opposing teams will most likely pay the price.