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In the six games since last Friday, Dunn’s batting average has soared like a hot-air balloon, from .153 to .213. Barring a crash diet, Dunn will never hit his own weight—now 285—but it’s nice to see him finally above Juan Pierre’s (.175).
Some of his supporters have maintained that the Big Breeze just needed a chance to adjust to a new situation, and they may have a point. After a career in the NL, he’s now facing big-league pitching. Dunn has said it’s also been difficult getting used to the “boring” role of designated hitter; since he isn’t playing the field, he has to figure out how to kill time between strikeouts. He hits in the batting cage beneath the stands a few times every game, and he’s also been “working on my putting.”
Sox fans should note a couple of Dunn’s overlooked contributions to the Sox this year: He’s yet to be caught stealing, and he hasn’t committed a single error. (He played his lone game in the field flawlessly.)
The Big Breeze’s recent revival hasn’t come at the expense of his gallant pursuit of the team’s single-season strikeout record of 175. The only out he made last night was of course a K, one of seven during the week, and he’s got a fresh five-game missing streak going. The Reader also hears that despite the extra practice, he’s still fanning on his putts.
So far: 31 games, 108 ABs, 40 Ks.