Adrian Gonzalez, Cody Ross Hitting Stride at Right Time As Red Sox Open Big Series With Toronto


Adrian Gonzalez, Cody Ross Hitting Stride at Right Time As Red Sox Open Big Series With TorontoEditor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days.

They're all pretty big series at this point for the Red Sox, but with this weekend's series with the Blue Jays has a lot of implications for a July series.

That's why it's a good thing that Boston has two of its most important bats heating up to open the three-game set with a Toronto team that is holding on for dear life.

Adrian Gonzalez, who is hitting cleanup on Friday night, is on fire right now. The first baseman hit two home runs and drove in nine runs in the club's four-game set with the White Sox, and he's hitting .550 (11-for-20) in his last five games.

Meanwhile, Cody Ross has found his power stroke as well, hitting three home runs — all three-run blasts — in the last two games. He has eight hits and 10 RBIs in his last five games.

Here are the temperatures for the Red Sox and the Blue Jays for July 20.

Red Sox
Adrian Gonzalez, 103
Cody Ross, 98
Carl Crawford, 80
Pedro Ciriaco, 79
Jacoby Ellsbury, 74
Nick Punto, 72
Dustin Pedroia, 72
Mike Aviles, 69
Kelly Shoppach, 64
Ryan Sweeney, 62
Daniel Nava, 60
Will Middlebrooks, 53
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 37

Blue Jays
Edwin Encarnacion, 86
J.P. Arencibia, 84
Jeff Mathis, 79
Adam Lind, 77
Yan Gomes, 72
Kelly Johnson, 69
Ben Francisco, 68
Anthony Gose, 64
Yunel Escobar, 62
Omar Vizquel, 61
Rajai Davis, 57
Brett Lawrie, 53
Colby Rasmus, 46

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