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Adam Dunn (0-for-38 against lefties) sits versus Jon Lester

May 31, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

Adam Dunn

After beginning the season in a 0-for-38 slump against left-handed pitching Adam Dunn got yesterday off versus one of the league’s toughest lefties, Red Sox ace Jon Lester.

Ozzie Guillen talked previously about being patient with Dunn, but the manager has since moved him from the No. 3 spot in the batting order and is now sitting him altogether against certain pitchers, which certainly isn’t what the White Sox signed up for when they gave him a four-year, $56 million deal as a free agent this winter.

With an OPS above .850 in seven straight seasons Dunn is too good to remain in this season-long slump for long, but his struggles against lefties may not go away even when he gets back on track overall. Dunn’s career numbers versus southpaws are good, but even before going 0-for-38 off them this year he hit just .199 off them in 2010 and hasn’t had an OPS above .800 against lefties since 2006.

  1. Old Gator - May 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    I don’t understand why they’re sitting him. The man is clearly due.

  2. deathmonkey41 - May 31, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Anyone want to start a pool to see who gets a hit off a lefty first- Dunn or Posada?

  3. bleedgreen - May 31, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    It’ll come around. It did for Raul. It will for Dunn as well.

  4. patsandsox - May 31, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    A couple of weeks ago Red Sox nation was calling Carl Crawford a bust no hes come out of his post big contract funk.

    He also switched leauges so I imagine that makes it a little tougher also.

    A proven hitter like Adam Dunn will hit its just a matter of time. I bet by October his stats have risen to near his normal levels.

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