11-18 month, a couple of misplaced chairs and Danny’s stereo gone too.

Not a good month for the Reds … typical Dunn month of May.

Adam Dunn has always had months with really low batting averages, and this May (and the past 2) have been one of those months.

Below are the past 4 months of May for Dunn, a fast starter Dunn could boast prior to this season an April line of .286/.449/.621, In short he takes off quick and puts up some unworldly numbers. This April was a mirror of all the other Aprils combined as Dunn had a strong .292/.427/.694line as the month of May started.

As mentioned Dunn and May have had their problems since his first May in 2002.

MAY	BA	OB%	SLG%	OPS	R	RBI	EBH	HR	BB
2002	.323 	.480 	.594 	1.074 	17	21	13	6	30
2003	.193 	.274 	.518 	.792 	12	24 	9	9	10
2004	.191 	.345 	.372 	.717	15	10	9	5	20
2005	.200 	.392 	.495 	.887	21	12	11	8	27

Buried in the 5th slot this season Dunn managed to score 21 Runs (14% of the Reds runs in May) through the sheer power of his on base skills. When he did hit the ball hard it was often with no one on base, because of this his solo HR numbers are always going to seem out of whack as is his OB% in RISP opportunities (.410 in 199 ab’s prior to this season, .483 this season)

When Dunn first came to the league his Solo HR’s to HR’s with runners numbers were somewhat even, the last 2 season they have become a little more seperated, with the solo HR happening more often than the ones with men on.

HR’s bases empty – men on

2001 - 11-8
2002 - 15-11
2003 - 15-12
2004 - 29-17
2005 -  9-5  On Pace for 27-15

Pitchers find it easier to walk him and face the bottom of the Reds order, they’ll challenge him when no one is on, and he’ll continue to hit Solo HR’s leading off innings and taking walks with RISP only to die on base when Rich Aurilia types give “professional” at bats.

Despite all this Dunn’s RC/27 for the Month of May was 6.97, slighty below his career average and 1 run below last years total.

For his career Dunns walk totals in May are pretty impressive, in a total of 368 at bats he has walked 87 times. Below are the active players prior to this season with the most at bats and less than 87 walks.

AT BATS                         AB       BB       AB       OBA      OBA     RC/G    
1    Shea Hillenbrand           2179       86     2179     .322    -.014     4.80   
2    A.J. Pierzynski            1899       79     1899     .336     .000     4.89   
3    Cesar Izturis              1801       84     1801     .293    -.047     3.44   
4    Corey Patterson            1725       88     1725     .303    -.038     4.61   
5    Wilton Guerrero            1678       64     1678     .308    -.036     3.95   
6    Randall Simon              1588       80     1588     .320    -.018     4.60   
7    Carl Crawford              1515       70     1515     .315    -.020     4.81   
8    Eddie Perez                1487       83     1487     .298    -.044     3.64   
9    Jose Macias                1469       87     1469     .301    -.038     3.84   
10   Karim Garcia               1463       81     1463     .279    -.061     3.81  

June is particularly a good month historically for Dunn .267/.399/.547, hopefully the pattern will continue

One other May Note.

The 2005 Reds scored more runs in May (145) than any team since the 1976 Cincinnati Reds

152 Runs in May 1976

May Splits BRM

Foster .360  .409  .660 
Morgan .291  .408  .519
Perez  .287  .364  .506
Rose   .257  .377  .349
Bench  .225  .308  .387
Davey  .320  .383  .447
Griff  .333  .405  .434
Ceasar .250  .377  .393

Brian first met the greatest game in Detroit in 1968, that team played in a league called the “American League”…. but I digress.

Later after a family move he started a dalliance with the Cincinnati Reds, who perchance were in the midst of their greatest era. It was a romance that was greater than many could hope to be.

After barely stomaching the strike of 1981 Brian headed West but never forgot the Reds, and even despite being surrounded by Giants and A’s fans who tried to entice him with things both Green and Orange he found himself wondering what was up with Kal Daniels and was that kid from Moeller ever going to make us forget Davey.

A long time member of SABR and a baseball history junkie he currently lives in Portland and can be followed at @baseballminutia

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  1. Wow, that’s amazing. Is that right? Most runs for a Reds team in almost 30 years, and we stunk that bad? Gee, think its the pitching….when did we ever give up this many runs in May?

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Brian first met the greatest game in Detroit in 1968, that team played in a league called the "American League".... but I digress. Later after a family move he started a dalliance with the Cincinnati Reds, who perchance were in the midst of their greatest era. It was a romance that was greater than many could hope to be. After barely stomaching the strike of 1981 Brian headed West but never forgot the Reds, and even despite being surrounded by Giants and A's fans who tried to entice him with things both Green and Orange he found himself wondering what was up with Kal Daniels and was that kid from Moeller ever going to make us forget Davey. A long time member of SABR and a baseball history junkie he currently lives in Portland and can be followed at @baseballminutia

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