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Adam Dunn is hitting .157 with three home runs and 12 RBI. He’s never been one to hit for average, as evidenced by his lifetime .249 average, but this is ridiculous.
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Even when he was hitting poorly though he was a consistent power threat. His OPS always seemed to be around .900. He hit 46 home runs in 2004 before hitting 40 for four straight years and 38 for two. He had a down year of 92 RBI in 2006, but has had between 100 and 106 RBI since 2004. I don’t know if there has ever been a more consistent player in baseball.
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Until this year. Dunn is on pace to hit 15.7 home runs with 62.7 RBI. Those aren’t the numbers you expected when you took Adam Dunn. So what gives?
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It doesn’t give his owners much solace, but he has missed seven games this year. Not to mention the fact that he quickly, perhaps too quickly, returned from his appendectomy. I know, I know Matt Holliday is doing just fine, but everybody is different. Remember that an appendectomy usually meant a trip to the disabled list. He may be able to play, but you’d be kidding yourself to think he was at 100 percent. Dunn was hitting .286 (four hits in 14 ABs) before his appendectomy and .130 (nine hits in 69 ABs) since.
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Dunn is also still getting accustomed to the American League. After ten years of playing in the National League, it is understandable to struggle a bit as he gets familiar with the ballparks and the pitchers.
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Of his 83 at bats, 30 have come against Jeremy Guthrie (2), Justin Verlander (3), Dan Haren (3), Jered Weaver (3), Francisco Liriano (4), C.C. Sabathia (3), Brett Anderson (2), Trevor Cahill (2), James Shields (4), Jose Valverde (2), Joakim Soria (1), and Mariano Rivera (1). He has just two hits (.067) against them.
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Adam is also dealing with a some poor luck. His .213 BABIP is the lowest of his career and 81 points off his career mark of .294. Eventually he’ll start to hit the ball out of the ballpark and not right at the defense. He’ll get more comfortable with the league and he’ll get his strength back. He may be in too big of a hole to give you 38 HRs and 100 RBI, but he’s still capable of 30 and 85. At this point, I’ll take that.
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Now is probably the best time to buy low on Adam Dunn.
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The researching, player projecting, and mock drafts are finally over. It’s time to play balland for most fantasy players it was an extended week 1 with 11 days of action. Here aresome of the headlines of an exciting week.
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The Closer Carousel Is In Full Effect

If you had Fernando Rodney in the first closer to lose his job pool, you are the big winner. It took less than a week for Jordan Walden to take over closing duties in Anaheim. Matt Thornton’s two blown saves has led the White Sox to announce that they will now have a closer by committee. The next in line to possibly lose the closing  job would be Ryan Franklin with three blown saves. Popular sleeper pick Drew Storen did not get the first save chances in Washington, as the honor went to Sean Burnett. Another popular sleeper pick Craig Kimbrel does appear to be the full time closer in Atlanta and not just a part of a committee. All of this and we’re only 11 days into the season. Buckle up boys and girls. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
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April Hot Starts

Some of those who sprinted out of the gate this year include Nelson Cruz, Howard Kendrick, Miguel Montero, Matt Kemp, Ryan Howard, and Gordon Beckham. Also of note is slow starting Mark Teixeira, who despite a low average (.182) has clubbed four home runs and ten RBI.
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Appendectomies Are In Style

Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn had the procedure within a few days of each other. Luckily both are expected back in a few days and avoid the DL. A couple big names did hit the DL in the first week. Evan Longoria is expected to be out a minimum of three weeks. Ubaldo Jimenez also hit the disabled list. Others missing time in week one include Stephen Drew, Mike Stanton, Hanley Ramirez, Ryan Zimmerman and Jose Bautista (who left the team due to personal reasons, not an injury.)
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Manny Being Manny No More

After having a hot spring, many were seeing Manny Ramirez as a comeback candidate. Once the regular season started he was 1-17. On Friday, it was discovered he testedpositive for P.E.D,’s and promptly retired before being suspended. With Evan Longoriaon on the DL, the Rays offense is looking very weak and in otherwise offensive AL East.


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I thought the NFL was a copycat league. Apparently Adam Dunn didn’t get the memo. Like Matt Holliday, Dunn underwent an emergency appendectomy early this morning. Like Holliday he’ll hope to make a speedy recovery. Dunn was hitting .286 with three runs, a home run, and five RBI. Here are some early season options that could help fill the void while he is out.
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  • Gaby Sanchez, FLA: .444, two runs, two RBI
  • Ike Davis, NYM:  .333, three runs, one HR, four RBI
  • Justin Smoak, SEA:  .294, one run, one RBI
  • Lyle Overbay, PIT:  .278, one run, one HR, three RBI
  • Garrett Jones, PIT:  .250, two runs, one HR, one RBI

Wednesday, July 23rd
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went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 6 RBI.  Carlos Quentin went 2 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 4 RBI.  Adam Dunn went 2 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Grand Slam, and 5 RBI.  Doug Mientkiewicz went 4 for 4 with 2 RBI.  Casey Kotchman went 5 for 5.  Howie Kendrick went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, 3 Doubles, and 3 RBI.  Ryan Garko went 3 for 4  with 2 Runs, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Gregor Blanco went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Triple, and 3 RBI.  Ryan Braun went 4 for 5 with a Run, a Triple, a HR, and a RBI.  Reed Johnson went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, a Double, a Grand Slam, and 4 RBI.  Javier Valentin, Mike Lamb, Placido Polanco, Maglio Ordonez, Mark Loretta, James Loney, Johnny Peralta (3 Runs), Jose Vidro, Damion Easley, Conor Jackson, Chris Young, Ryan Zimmerman, Bengie Molina, Omar Vizquel, and Richie Weeks each had 3 Hits.  Miguel Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Yunel Escobar, Luis Gonzalez, Chris Snyder, and Jim Thome each had 3 RBI.  Kazuo Matsui scored 3 Runs.

C.C. Sabathia continued to sparkle for Milwaukee tossing a Complete Game three-hit Shutout.  He struck out 7 as he improved to 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA with the Brew Crew (10-8, 3.15 overall).  Mike Mussina threw 8 scoreless Innings allowing 6 Hits with 7 Ks to improve to 13-6 with a 3.26 ERA.  Armando Galarraga gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 8-4 with a 3.27 ERA.  James Shields gave up 3 Runs on 6 Hits in 8-1/3 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 9-6 with a 3.66 ERA.  Tim Hudson tossed 6 scoreless Innings allowing 3 Hits while striking out 6 to improve to 11-7 with a 3.17 ERA.

Sunday, July 6th
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went 3 for 5 with a Double, a HR, and 5 RBI.  J.J. Hardy had 3 Hits, including 2 HRs, and 4 RBI.  Kevin Millar, Yunel Escobar, and Ivan Rodriguez each had 4 Hits.  Ty Wiggington had 3 Hits including a Grand Slam.  Chipper Jones went 3 for 4 with 3 Runs, a Triple, a HR, and 4 Walks.  Adam Dunn, Nate McLouth, Jeff Mathis, Aramis Ramirez, each had 3 RBI.  Carlos Pena, Ian Kinsler, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Ramon Vazquez, Andre Ethier, Emmanuel Burriss, Adam Jones, Bill Hall (3 RBI), Ryan Theriot, Derrick Lee, Ryan Braun, Mark Teixeira (3 RBI), David Murphy (3 RBI), Nick Markakis (3 RBI), and Hunter Pence each had 3 Hits.  Brian Roberts, Mike Jacobs, and Corey Hart each scored 3 Runs.

Jon Garland tossed a Complete Game allowing 1 Run to improve to 8-5 with a 3.76 ERA.  Oliver Perez gave up 4 Hits with 6 Ks in a 7 Inning no-decision.   Nate Robinson gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in a 9 Inning no-decision.  James Shields gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 7-5 with a 3.64 ERA.  John Danks gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 6-1/3 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 6-4 with a 2.52 ERA.  Sean Marshall gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings to win his first game of the year.  Cesar Jimenez pitched four Innings of scoreless relief.  Randy Johnson gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 6-1/3 Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 5-7.  Kyle Kendrick gave up 1 Run in a 6 Inning no-decision.


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