Originally Posted by rotnoid
I'm not saying he doesn't. My point, and I should have expanded more, is that the lineup around Ortiz, generally speaking, has been stronger than that around Dunn. It appears that Ortiz has more chance to be clutch based on where he hits in the lineup and who's before or after him. Manny goes a long way in getting Ortiz pitches he can do something with. The Reds haven't regularly had that back to back combination in recent years (though a healthy Griffey is pretty close).
So, my original statement was not an indictment on Dunn, but rather on the hitters around him, as well, as his sometimes unfortunate place in the lineup.
I also think it has something to do with this:
Get into a discussion about Ortiz's clutchness and you'll hear numerous situations about how Papi won games with HRs, base hits, etc.
Ask some fans about Dunn's clutchness and you'll hear about how he walks in clutch situations to extend the inning.
Such a difference.