When are the Reds going to realize what they have in Adam Dunn?
Dunn has been good all season, but has been on fire since the All Star Break.
His numbers have been 487/.871/1.358 (OBP/SLG/OPS).
In July, he’s put up 400/.662/1.062.
His season OPS is again approaching the magic mark of 1.000, presently at .979
His worst month of the season was June when his OPS was .856.
Yet Dunn hasn’t batted #3 one time all season long. He only has 13 at-bats in the #4 spot (less than Pena and less than 1/4th the number that Kearns or Randa has in that spot).
He’s been regulated to the #5 and #6 spots for the vast majority of the season, while lesser hitters like Aurilia, Randa and Sean Casey have been given higher positions in the batting order (giving them more PAs during the game).
Let’s examine the #3 spot.
That spot is reserved for “The Mayor” and his .751 OPS.
Casey’s high water mark this season has been his .920 in May. His next best month has been 712.
I wish I could understand the management of the Reds lack of confidence in Adam Dunn’s skills. They’ve got a 25 year old player who is doing things that haven’t been done on this team since the days of HOFer Frank Robinson and they treat him like he’s Dave Kingman.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.