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Ozzie Guillen not yet ready to pinch-hit for Adam Dunn

Aug 12, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

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Adam Dunn‘s historic ineptitude against left-handed pitching has convinced Ozzie Guillen to frequently bench him versus southpaws, but the manager said yesterday that he’s not yet to the point of pinch-hitting for Dunn once he’s already in the lineup:

I would rather put him on the bench against lefties and give him some time than pinch-hit for him. Every time this guy is at the plate, I have confidence and think he’s going to do it. In the meanwhile, unless I have Konerko or Quentin on the bench, who else is it going to be? Lillibridge?

I imagine Brent Lillibridge picking up the newspaper this morning over breakfast, reading that quote, and just shaking his head.

Dunn is 3-for-78 versus lefties (seriously, three hits in 78 at-bats) and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune notes that he set a record yesterday by going hitless with at least three strikeouts for the 17th time this season. And he’s only started 95 games.

  1. thefalcon123 - Aug 12, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Adam Dunn’s season broken down into 10 game incriments

    1 .162/.311/.351 –38% k rate
    2 .147/.293/.176 –29% k rate
    3 .250/.375/.469(!)–25% k rate
    4 .205/.256/.385 –42% k rate
    5 .114/.256/.229–35% k rate
    6 .212/.333/.424–33% k rate
    7 .061/.139/.091–53% k rate
    8 .103/.186/.256–42% k rate
    9 .212/.363/.333–32% k rate
    10. .129/.250/.226–33%k rate

    The point is, at no point has Dunn shown any signs of life at all. At this point, I view putting him out there every day akin to putting Ankiel back up on the mound again and again in 2001. It’s not helping anyone, least of all Dunn. It may be time he gets one of those convenient injuries struggling veterans seem to always get. Get him home and let him start fresh next year.

    I always loved me some Adam Dunn and this is just painful to see.

  2. FC - Aug 12, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Someone has cursed this guy.

    • Old Gator - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:08 PM

      I wonder if Scrooge McLoria bought him a diamond studded amulet with last year’s fielding percentage. If a .342 BA amulet cursed Hanley Ramirez like that, imagine what such a horrible diadem would have brought down on Dunn.

  3. 78mu - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Obviously Dunn is no Uggla.

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