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Entries in Joe DiMaggio (2)


Adam Dunn's 100 strikeouts

It's hard to believe that in 67 games, 279 plate appearances, 231 at bats, Adam Dunn of the White Sox has 100 strikeouts. For the second time this season, Dunn now has multiple strikeouts in six consecutive games. he's even had 11 games this season with at least three strikeouts. Not that they are comparable, but I was curious as to how many games Joe DiMaggio struck out three times in his career and that would be one. He struck out three times June 19, 1942 against Cleveland. That was the only time in the 1736 games he played.

Here are some very distressingly red images of Adam Dunn this season.

Of Dunn's 100 strikeouts, 27 have been called third strikes:

27 called third strikesDunn has struck out 25 times against lefties, 18 have been swinging strikeouts:

18 swinging strike outs against lefitesAgainst righties, Dunn has swung and missed at strike three 55 times:

There is a little diversity here in his swinging strikeouts against rightiesDunn has been simply atrocious this season against lefties, going 1-for-53 (.019) and that one hit was an infield single.

Dunn vs. lefties:

In 63 plate appearances this season, Dunn against lefties has one single and nine walksDunn has seen 295 pitches against lefites, he has swung at 41% of them, he has missed on 34.7%. his BABIP is .036.

Remarkably, despite Dunn's season thus far, one in which his presence in the lineup was to be heavily relied upon, the White Sox are just 4.5 games out of first. It will be interesting to see what, if any, adjustment can be made for Dunn over the coming weeks.





Andre Ethier's Hit Streak

Andre Ethier's (LAD) hit streak sits at 30.  As David Pinto noted a couple of weeks back, Ethier has been getting hits on balls on the outside of the zone.  This has been a change from his hitting pattern over the previous three years:

Andre Ethier
(Click to enlarge)

Prior to this year, Ethier had been generating a good deal of power on pitches down and in.  That zone has gone cold for him this season, while he's been able to hit pitches low and away much better.

As you would expect from someone riding a 30-game hit streak, Ethier has a very high BABIP of .444 this season, 131 points higher than his previous three year average.  Part of this is due to the increase in line drives he's been hitting during the streak.  Compared to his numbers from 2008-2010, Ethier's LD% is up 7% since his hit streak began.  Even more important, his line drive BABIP is up 192 points. 

Ethier has also been a bit luckier than usual on his groundballs.  Throughout his streak, they have resulted in hits about 36% of the time.  From 2008-2010, he had a groundball batting average of .255.

Ethier faces the New York Mets tonight at Citi Field as he attempts to tie Willie Davis for the Dodgers all-time hit streak honor.  While Ethier's in play average will likely regress at some point this season, the real question is whether it will regress enough over the next 26 or so games to break his hit streak.