Originally Posted by PickOff
This has probably been mentioned somewhere, but I am struck by Dunn's poor OPS when in a pitcher's count. In comparison to the league he is solidly below average, and when you compare him to Griffey, Pujols, Bonds, and the like, his OPS is 200 points lower. Ouch. His OPS in comparison to the "big five" is on par when in a hitter's count, however, and above average.
I would assume most players have better numbers when the count is in their favor...the pitcher has to throw strikes.
The difference between Dunn and the elite, IMO, is exactly what you bring out. When he is behind in the count he looks clueless most of the time. That why I personally HATE when he watches a fastball or two for strikes. Sure he may walk sometimes as a result of his patience, but I think he burns himself a lot more than he should with that approach.