CHICAGO (WSCR) Through the first 49 games of the season, Adam Dunn is hitting just .189 with four home runs and 21 runs batted in, numbers far below what was expected when the Chicago White Sox signed the free agent slugger in the offseason.
Dunn spent the first 10 seasons of his career in the National League, and many are attributing the switch to the American League and to full-time designated hitting duties as reasons for his slow start.
“I think it’s a major adjustment,” former White Sox player and current analyst Bill Melton said on the Danny Mac Show. “Again, I only DHed a little bit, but I’ve heard enough people talk about it, enough DHs that say it takes a while to make that adjustment. He hasn’t found out what makes him click [as a DH]…When you’re struggling in your new job as a DH and you don’t know a lot of these pitchers, they’re all new to you, it just gets frustrating.”
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Dunn has the reputation of being one of the most consistent hitters in all of baseball. Over the last eight seasons, he’s hit between 32 and 46 home runs, and has had a batting average between .233 and .267.
“This is a guy that’s really lost up there,” Melton said. “He’s lost, [Alex] Rios [is lost]. They’re anxious, they’re swinging at pitchers’ pitches. That’s not how you get hits. You have to go deeper into counts…I think he’s a little messed up, you know, mechanically and mentally.”