Friday, May 11, 2012

EXTRA: Dunn not done?

I’m not yet convinced that Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn is restored to his role as a professional home run-hitting machine. But at least he doesn’t seem to be the dud he was last season.

Dunn on Friday hit a home run in the White Sox’ 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals. It is his 11th home run of the 2012 season – which matches the total number he hit during all of 2011.

WHICH WAS SUCH a decline from his previous status, when he consistently managed close to 40 home runs per season for eight straight years.

Between Dunn (who also has struck out 47 times – leading the American League this season), the possible resurgence of pitcher Jake Peavy to the form that won him a Cy Young Award back in 2007 (when he was with the San Diego Padres) and that perfect game Philip Humber managed to throw last month, the White Sox season hasn’t been totally depressing.

Not that I’m stashing away cash for World Series tickets yet.

Because even with the Friday victory, the White Sox still have a losing record (16 wins, compared to 17 losses). Nobody’s going to mistake them for the New York Yankees anytime soon.


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