Friday, May 11, 2012

Adam Dunn whiffs for the record this weekend

Posted By on 05.11.12 at 02:47 PM

Whos behind that steady breeze on the south side?
The White Sox have played 32 games this season. How many do you think Adam Dunn has fanned in?

Correct! He hasn't missed at missing once—not for a whole game, anyway. Add to that his last four games of 2011, and the Big Breeze has a 36-game missing streak going. That's one shy of the record, which Dunn will likely tie in the Cell tonight against KC.

The 37-game record is held by Oak Park native Bill Stoneman, a Montreal pitcher drafted by the Cubs in 1966. Stoneman's streak started in April 1971 and ended the following April. But, well, he was a pitcher, with a lifetime batting average of .086.

Among position players (and designated hitters), Dunn broke the whiffing record eight games ago, when he eclipsed the 28-game missing streak set by Texas catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (now with Boston) from July 2008 to April 2009.

Dunn is back to his old self so far this year, killing the ball when he does make contact. He's third in the AL in homers with ten and third in RBI with 25. He also leads the majors in Ks with 47—eight more than anyone else.

He's on pace to hit 50 homers, and to fan 238 times. The major league strikeout record of 223, set in 2009 by Arizona's Mark Reynolds, is in jeopardy if Dunn stays healthy. But he has to take it one game at a time, and first things first: he needs to keep his eye off the ball for two more games to set the record this weekend.

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