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Adam Dunn has already equaled his home run total from last season

May 11, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

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Adam Dunn just did it again.

The resurgent slugger connected for a solo blast off right-hander Felipe Paulino in the bottom of the first inning tonight against the Royals. With that, he already has 11 home runs through 139 plate appearances this year after hitting just 11 over 496 plate appearances during his miserable first season with the Pale Hose.

Dunn is still striking out at a ridiculous pace, but only Josh Hamilton (15) and Matt Kemp (12) have hit more home runs so far this season. Curtis Granderson is also currently sitting at 11 home runs. Looks like we have ourselves an early candidate for comeback player of the year.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Maybe you stats nerds can chime in but this guy strikes out sooooo much I wouldn’t care if he hits 50 home runs. He kills soooo may rallies and leaves soooo many guys on base I’m not a fan of his brand of offense.

    • bigxrob - May 11, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      A lot of people are sooooooooooo content with a .970 ops

    • Chris K - May 11, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      I’ve never quite understood why Ks are so frowned upon. I’ve only ever considered them slightly worse than a pop-out because you could always turn those into a tag situation or something. I’d rather have a guy K than risk a GIDP. Even more so if the guy can notch a bunch of HRs.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - May 11, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      Yeah, that .400 career OBP with Men on Base is going to kill so many rallies.

    • mybrunoblog - May 11, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      Geez, can I clarify? Strikeouts are boring, besides that they’re fascist too. Throw some ground balls they’re more democratic.

      • baseballisboring - May 12, 2012 at 4:16 AM

        You can’t save uninformed condescension directed at a group of people with a Bull Durham quote. That’s not really what you meant. If you don’t appreciate Dunn’s brand of offense that means you don’t understand the value it has. And believe me, I’m the furthest thing from a nerd. It’s not rocket science.

    • purnellmeagrejr - May 12, 2012 at 7:51 AM

      “Comeback Player of he4 Year”…. now DUnn’s incomprehensible 2011 Season is starting to make sense.

      • gmsingh - May 14, 2012 at 7:36 AM

        There is a parallel between what happened to Dunn last year and what’s happening to Pujols this year. It’s hard to believe it takes a year to adjust switching leagues but maybe in their cases it’s true.

  2. dondada10 - May 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    I’d rank quality of outs:

    1. Line drive
    2. Fly out
    3. Strikeout
    4. Groundout
    5. Infield pop-up

    • baseballisboring - May 12, 2012 at 4:19 AM

      Why would a line out be first? They can be turned into double plays. No one ever advances on a line drive. Outs are basically outs. Maybe you could say fly outs are the best, cause at least there’s potential for sac flies in the right situation, but it doesn’t really matter. You don’t evaluate anyone on how they make their outs.

      • dondada10 - May 12, 2012 at 9:49 AM

        Agreed that a line-out can become a double-play, but nowhere as easily as a ground-out.

        However, a propensity to hit line-drives in more likely to lead to hits than any other manner of out.

        You’re right in saying that you don’t evaluate a player based on how he makes his outs. Perhaps I should have titled my list “best batted-balls.”

  3. jwbiii - May 11, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    That home run wasn’t a cheapie, either.

  4. jimmymarlinsfan - May 12, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    He Dunn it!

  5. jlovenotjlo - May 12, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    They’re going to run out of fireworks at The Cell if he keeps this up. Way to go Big Donkey

  6. allmyteamsareterrible - May 12, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Congratulations to Dunn, and this is coming from an Indians fan. You could see the guy really cared last year, he just could not get out of his slump. Baseball is such a mental game, some funks you can’t get out of. He never made excuses and owned up to it all last year. I am really happy he is turning things around.

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