Originally Posted by MikeThierry
It's pretty good at .399. I guess he's a walk/so/hr machine with RISP. .
Yes. With runners on base, the pitcher would just nibble, resulting in either a walk or strike out most of the time.
It was maddening watching him watch strike 3 with RISP. It happened pretty often.
Dunn had some talent, but overall, he always left you wanting more.
Part of the problem is that the Reds never really had a good hitter behind him.
If you take the runs scored by Dunn and subtract his number of HR (times he drove himself in), the amount of times he scored is miniscule given his high OBP.
2008: 79 runs scored, 40 HR.. He was only driven in 39 times in 651 plate appearances! This is despite an OBP of 386! Part of the blame goes to his teammates, but he wasn't exactly a good baserunner. This part is overlooked (IMO). This is the same reasoning why Hannigan should not be the #2 hitter, despite having a respectable OBP. There's more to the game than OBP.
Add in the fact that Dunn was a horrible defender in LF and refused to move positions as a Red, and I was glad to see him leave. I didn't hate him by any means, but part of the transformation of this team was to not pay Dunn 10 million/year and invest that money in other areas where it was more productive.