Originally Posted by Steve4192
Dunn's biggest problem was that he wasn't Albert Pujols.
He came up through the minors at the same time as Pujols, even played in the same minor league as Pujols in 2000, and was the higher ranked prospect. When Pujols busted out and became the best hitter in the game, Reds fans expected Dunn to be even better. The expectations for him after his ridiculously productive 2001 season were off the charts, and many Reds fans never forgave him for not living up to those unrealistic expectations. When Adam turned out to be 'just' a very productive hitter, rather than a once-in-a-generation hitter, many Reds fans soured on him and started to see nothing but his flaws.
I think that's what going on with Holliday right now. He isn't Pujols (who is in their prime?). Pujols had insane numbers with RISP and Cards fans think Holliday can put up those type of numbers. Yes, in comparison Holliday is "unclutch" compared to Pujols but very few players can put up a .332 BA, .472 OBP (crazy), .644 SLG, 1.116 OPS with RISP in their career.
EDIT: The only player I'm finding that come close to and surpass Pujols clutch numbers is Ted Williams. If anyone can find a player that has better clutch stats than Williams and Pujols, let me know. Essentially Pujols ruined everyone's point of view when discussing the good players in baseball.