Thunder Road: Gonzalez on a historic tear away from San Diego
In this week's Diamond Digits, we check out one slugger in the midst of a historic home run tear, an AL East pitching staff that has experienced a serious case of beginner's luck and a record streak that can be traced right to the glove of the major league's highest paid player.
The former first overall pick of the Florida Marlins in 2000, Gonzalez has been the Padres lone home run threat the past few seasons, slugging 111 round trippers since landing in San Diego in 2006, a total 59 more than the next most powerful Padre over that span (
Baltimore pitching coach
By slamming six home runs in his first four games after coming off of the disabled list, Scott is the runaway winner of this week's honors. Scott's half-dozen clouts came within a span of just 14 at-bats, including his first swing in over two weeks, a two-run shot against Blue Jays ace
Honorable mention: Gonzalez,
Proving once again that baseball truly is a game of averages, Zimmerman, just a few days removed from his career-long 30-game hitting streak, went into a tailspin last week, collecting just two hits in 23 at-bats, with 10 strikeouts and just one RBI. His batting average slipped from .348, which ranked fifth in the NL a week ago Sunday, to .319, which places him 16th.
Others who had a difficult time last week: