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Adam Dunn is 0-for-30 against left-handed pitchers this year

May 23, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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Like most left-handed hitters Adam Dunn has been much weaker versus left-handed pitchers throughout his career, but he has still been an asset against southpaws with an .810 OPS that is, for instance, higher than the overall career OPS of guys like Ichiro Suzuki, Ivan Rodriguez, Michael Young, Vernon Wells, Miguel Tejada, Adrian Beltre, and Torii Hunter.

However, so far this season Dunn has been helpless against left-handed pitching. In fact, STATS Inc. passed along a startling stat: Dunn has yet to get a hit off a lefty in 30 at-bats, striking out 13 times while getting on base three times via walks.

He’s also not clobbering right-handed pitching like he usually does, which is why Dunn has hit just .190 with four homers and a .653 OPS through 40 games of a four-year, $56 million contract with the White Sox. Despite the 0-for-30 against lefties and overall struggles, manager Ozzie Guillen said yesterday that he’s sticking with Dunn as Chicago’s third-place hitter:

When I bench him, I’m going to bench him for a day off, not because I’m punishing him. What can I do? This guy is very important in our lineup. We’re just waiting for him to hit, and the only way he’s going to hit is to play him.

Dunn’s long swing and prolific strikeout totals perhaps make him more prone to slumps than most hitters his caliber, but Guillen is absolutely right. There’s no reason to overreact to 40 bad games from a 31-year-old hitter who’s topped an .850 OPS in seven straight seasons and has never finished with an OPS below .800.

  1. kopy - May 23, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    The answer is: “Whenever he gets a chance to face Dusty Hughes”.

  2. 18thstreet - May 23, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Welcome to the American League, Adam.

    • skipp504 - May 23, 2011 at 4:51 PM

      Where the pitching is worse!

  3. Brian Murphy - May 23, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    “There’s no reason to overreact to 40 bad games from a 31-year-old hitter who’s topped an .850 OPS in seven straight seasons and has never finished with an OPS below .800.”

    Albert Pujols wishes he could get such a sensible reaction right now.

  4. goldensombrero3000 - May 23, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Adam Dunn maybe pretty dumb but he should be the biggest homer for Sabermetrics. He’ll play for the Red Sox some day.

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