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Adam Dunn reaches 100 strikeouts in his 67th game

Jun 27, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

Adam Dunn

Adam Dunn struck out four times yesterday to reach 100 strikeouts for the season, which is pretty remarkable considering the White Sox have played 79 games and Dunn himself has appeared in just 67 of them.

To put that in some context, 100 strikeouts in 67 games works out to 239 strikeouts per 160 games and the major-league record for strikeouts in a season is 223 by Mark Reynolds in 2009.

In general focusing on a hitter’s strikeout total is misguided, as Reynolds batted .260 with 44 homers and an .892 OPS in his record-setting season and plenty of hitters have been very productive while joining the single-season strikeout leaderboard. Dunn, however, is hitting just .173 with a .624 OPS, including an almost unbelievable 1-for-53 mark versus left-handed pitching and a .126 batting average at home, where he’s been booed often.

Dunn isn’t going to set any strikeout records because the White Sox have taken to benching him regularly against lefties, but on a per-plate appearance basis he’s whiffing more than anyone in baseball history: 35.8 percent. His career mark coming into this season: 26.9 percent.

  1. Ari Collins - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Correction: he’s striking out at a 43.3% rate. Which is even more staggering.

    • Aaron Gleeman - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      100 strikeouts in 279 plate appearances = 35.8%.

    • kopy - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

      Aaron is right. Your number is Ks as a percentage of At-Bats, his is Ks per plate appearance.

      • Ari Collins - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

        Thanks for explaining the discrepancy, kopy. K/PA makes more sense, I’m just used to seeing K/AB.

        Curious that FG uses K/AB. Doesn’t seem like their way of doing things.

    • Joe - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

      “Per-plate appearance.” Your number is per at bat.

  2. aceshigh11 - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    WOW…this article made me laugh out loud.

    Those are some jaw-droppingly abysmal statistics. How much are the Sox paying him again?

  3. Old Gator - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    That’s nothing. Imagine how many balls he would have failed to get to if he were still playing first base. But then, that’s something you can more or less say about all those one-dimensional excuses for ballplayers called designated hitters.

  4. dlrx3 - Jun 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    The White Sox need to dump him. He’s dead weight.

  5. thefalcon123 - Jun 27, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Since May 15th, Dunn is batting a Helen-Keller like .130/.273/.235 and striking out and an astounding 47.8% of the time he comes to the plate.

    • thefalcon123 - Jun 27, 2011 at 3:18 PM

      …and the White Sox owe him $44 million more after this season.
      Dunn is the exact type of player Bill James talks about when he discusses “old-player’s skillers”. BBs+Power+lotsa K’s and little speed. Their careers tend to collapse in very suddenly at a fairly early age.

    • baseballisboring - Jun 27, 2011 at 3:23 PM

      Ha…I actually lol’d at “Helen Keller like”. I should probably do a good deed today…

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 27, 2011 at 6:53 PM

      Heheh. That’s terrible, but REALLY funny.

  6. foreverchipper10 - Jun 27, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    At least I don’t have to pay him to sit on my fantasy team bench.

  7. sosascork - Jun 27, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Between some bad investments in Manny and Adam Dunn, it’s making me miss Jim Thome on the south side….

  8. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 27, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Not sure if many people on here read the Joe Posnanski but this is a great article about Dunn.

  9. kiwicricket - Jun 27, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Drew Stubbs has 105!!

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