Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Adam Dunn's Power Outage
Since homering on September 11th, 2009 at Land Shark Stadium (or whatever The Florida Marlins are calling their home ball park this season), Adam Dunn has hit only one more round tripper--that came on September 22nd, 2009--in a blowout loss to The Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park. The span now covers 26 regular season games from September 13th, 2009 through yesterday's 7-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park (April 12th, 2010).
Dunn is still showing a good eye at the plate, but he's displayed no muscle and a limited ability to gather extra base hits. Additionally, Our Number 44 did not homer in any of the 18 Spring Training games in 2010. Not once. A power slump that should have Our Washington Nationals pondering whether it's an issue?
Here are the numbers:
In the final 19 games of 2009, Adam Dunn went 10 for 63 at the plate (.208 avg). He walked 15 times (2 were intentional), knocked in seven runs and stroked a total of four extra base hits including that one home run against L.A.
In the first seven games of 2010, Adam Dunn is 2 for 18 (.111 avg.) with 10 walks (1 intentional) and one RBI. No extra base hits. Adam is batting .169 over that 26 game stretch (September/October 2009 & April 2010).
During Spring Training this year, Adam Dunn went 10 for 48 (.208 avg.) with seven walks and 8 RBI and two extra base hits. Combining all 44 regular season and pre-season games played since September 12th, 2009, Dunn is batting .171. His career average: .249.
Except for his walk totals, all his other statistical numbers are below career averages. In nine seasons of Major League Baseball, Adam Dunn has hit one home run every 17 plate appearances, or once every 14 official At-Bats. During his current power slump, Dunn has knocked the baseball out of the park in a regular season game only once in 106 plate appearances and only once in 71 official At-Bats.
If you want to count Spring Training totals--those number are even worse: One home run in 161 plate appearances and only once in 129 official At-Bats.
Those are not the figures Our General Manager Mike Rizzo is expecting out of his clean up hitter.
Adam Dunn has socked 316 home runs in 1297 games played over 9 plus seasons of Major League Baseball--that's one home run per 4.10 regular season games played. At his present pace, Dunn is knocking the baseball out of the park only once in 26 regular season games played (nearly 1/6th of a 162 game schedule). Known for hitting homers in bunches, Adam Dunn's current slump must be a concern for Our Washington Nationals.
Smaller than normal sample size? Maybe, maybe not.
But Adam Dunn's Power Outage is still a matter worthy of attention.
Adam Dunn Photo--Doug Benc (Getty Images)