Everyone wants to see their name in the history books. Well, almost everyone. Adam Dun is on pace for a dubious honor that he won’t be so proud to be associated with when his playing days are over. The lefty struck out for the twenty-second consecutive time yesterday and needs to strikeout in just six more games to tie the record of twenty-eight among non-pitchers. Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia currently holds the distinction and will no-doubt be rooting for some company in the less than exclusive club.
Dunn is currently hitting .239 on the season after a 1-for-6 performance yesterday. Yet, his .869 OPS is nice and if he can continue to draw walks (11 in 67 at-bats), his value to the club increases. But don’t get me wrong, I still would like to see more of Brent Lillibridge against lefties.
Over the course of his 12-year career, Dunn has whiffed 1,838 times. In 2010 he set a one year high with 199 K’s. All of that maters very little if the power production of the years he hit 38 or more homeruns returns, but that stroke was missing last season. It seems to have returned a bit in 2012 and if he remains on his current pace and gets 550 at-bats, we should see 25+ bombs. Not bad, but certainly a number that still makes all the strikeouts a concern.
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