As Don Francisco would say Sabado Gigante. Used to watch that show, trying to figure out what they were saying.
Speaking of gigante, I need to make a gigante of an apology to Adam Dunn after his game last night. I have been less than appreciative of his efforts this season and I should have been penalized 15 yards for piling on.
Finally....some great stats for Dunn.
Dunn opened the 2011 season with the White Sox by hitting a home run and driving in 4 runs. He never even drove in 3 runs in a game the rest of the 2011 season. He hit two home runs and drove in 8 runs after the All Star game in 2011.
Now for the good Dunn stats:
This season Dunn has hit 3 home runs and drove in 12 runs in the first 20 days of April.
His 12 RBI’s this season are 5th best in the majors and 3rd best in the AL.
In his last 10 games Dunn has put up these numbers:
Hit .275, 2 HR’s, 11 RBI. Dunn has hit 2 HR’s, 9 RBI’s (More than he drove in after the All Star game in 2011) in his last 3 games with 6 hits in 10 AB’s while hitting .600 in those three games. It is scary what Dunn could do, if he could improve his 1-16 batting against left handers.
Dunn hit .142 with runners in scoring position in 2011, but is hitting .545 this season which is really encouraging.
The season is not even 10 percent over, yet Dunn has 3 home runs after having 11 all of 2011. He is on a pace to hit 30 home runs and drive in 120 runs. Dunn slugged .277 in 2011, but is slugging .571 in 2012. His .569 OPS of 2011 has jumped to .940 this season.
Dunn is 3rd in the majors with most extra base hits with 9 and is second in the AL behind Ian Kinsler with 10. Dunn does lead the majors in strikeouts with 22 and has never hit higher than .267 in a MLB season, but if he hits like he did last night a few more times this season, the Sox could very well contend to the end in the AL Central race.
It was not only a great game for Dunn but Morel and Rios, who started the season off slow, drove in the other two runs in the game.
Gordon Beckham was 1 for 3 with a double and is 3-7 in his last two games raising his average from .103 to .167.
Alex Rios is 6-13 in his last four games raising his average from .200 to .289 and he has hit .314 in his last 10 games.
Dayan Viciedo is struggling with 3 hits in his last 22 AB’s, but with the others hitting better it doesn’t matter nearly as much.
Dunn is hitting again, Peavy is pitching great baseball, Rios is coming back to where he was two seasons ago and Beckham and Morel are showing signs of starting to hit again. The bullpen has had only one really bad game.
Addison Reed, Matt Thornton and Nathan Jones have combined to pitch 18.1 innings of scoreless baseball.
John Danks and Gavin Floyd are 1-2 each, with ERA’s over 4.00, but have held batters to a .257 and .230 average respectively.
As Randy Jackson of American Idol would say “The Sox are in it to win it”.