Mr. Dunn Meet Mr. Damon and Mr. Short Porch

June 16, 2009

Adam Dunn, you’ve been in a bit of a slump lately. In the last month your average has dropped .100 points. Since May 15, in 29 games, you’ve hit .198/.339/.406. You’re still hitting some HRs – 6 to be precise – but it’s not coming along with a great bat otherwise. Your full season numbers look positively Dunnian again: .258/.396/.530. It’s still very good, it’s what we expected when you were signed, but it isn’t nearly as nice as what you were doing a month ago.

Well, Mr. Dunn, let me introduce you to Mr. Damon. You may have heard of him, he was a supposedly washed up outfielder from Boston that got a lowball offer from the Red Sox. He instead signed with the rival Yankees and continued to hit well for 3 years, surprising many due to his age. Then came 2009. The year of New Yankee Stadium. So far, Damon has already hit 13 HRs, remarkable since his career high is 24 and his average for a season is 16. Of those HRs 9 have been at home. He’s on pace right now to hit 33 homers, and if his rates keep up, 23 of those would be at home. Why is that?

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