I’m Dunn…The Time Has Come

Jason Frasor surrendered the walkoff homer last night as the Sox winning streak ended at five, preventing them for reaching .500 and gaining another game on the Tigers. But the truth is that it wasn’t Frasor’s gopher ball or Phil Humber’s mediocre start that was responsible for the defeat. And it’s not what has separated a team that is now four games out of the division lead from being on top of the heap. We all know it’s been the offense.

In the 6-4, 10-inning loss to the Orioles, it was apparent as ever. Despite a nice comeback which tied the game at 4-4, the bottom line is that the three players who have been the most disappointing this season had their chances to put the Sox over the top in clutch situations–but didn’t.  This time, I find it hard to blame Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham even though they both left multiple runners on base. Rios did collect a pair of hits and scored a run and Beckham had an infield hit and a run scored.

But friends, Adam Dunn is another story–a very, very old story. It’s time, maybe well past time, to cut our losses. After another three-strikeout game and leaving five runners on the bases, Dunn continues to hurt our chances to win games.

It’s time to put him on the bench permanently. With Paul Konerko unable to play first, we’ll just have to live with Brent Lillibridge there for the time being. We know he’s not a starting player and has the potential to be almost as deadly as Dunn a the plate, but as I see it we have no choice. Let’s just put him on first until Konerko’s injury heals and when Sept. 1 rolls around call up Dayan Viciedo to DH. And remember, Viciedo can play first if Konerko’s return to first is delayed longer than we think.

Moving Dunn from the cleanup spot to No. 7 in the order is like moving the deck chairs on the Titanic. You can make a good argument that he’s the main reason why we’re not a first-place team. And even if there’s just a bit of truth to that  statement, the time is now: Dunn should take a seat on the bench.

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Moving Dunn from the cleanup spot to No. 7 in the order is like moving the deck chairs on the Titanic.

This is precisely why I didn’t actually care where in the lineup he was, while he had to be in it. His spot was a giant black hole no matter where he was.

And, yes, I know that Lillibridge isn’t an every day player, but I agree. He needs to get out there. Because, at this point, neither are Rios and Dunn.

If the White Sox were smart, they would’ve traded Q for young prospects, which Kenny (Williams, GM) seems to have a good track record, brought up Viciedo, and sent Adam Dung down to the minors. Kenny is completely and totally to blame for ruining the White Sox. To compound this, Kenny and Ozzie don’t communicate as well as they did in 2005, and after that, Kenny’s ego fostered teams with nice guys who finish last (Griffey, Erstad, Peavy, Dunn, Thome, Rios) and traded guys with swag who didn’t care who was on the mound. The beginning on the end was picking up Rios on the WAIVER WIRE. I know it’s not Kenny’s fault for picking up guys who, after signing the big contract, figure they can BS the rest of their careers away, but Kenny SHOULD NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, gamble on free agents. Thanks for the World Series, Kenny, but you know and I know it was communication (and not your own Stanford-educated baseball genius) that brought it here. Rick Hahn, make up proud, buddy.

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