Contrary to any rumors you may hear on other websites, I would not marry Adam Dunn if it were legal in Michigan, or Ohio.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t praise him for his breakout season. The most impressive part of last night’s game was that he played, and didn’t strikeout. So he’s stuck at 177, twelve short of Bobby Bonds record.
He did drive in a run, and scored, so he’s extremely close to having both 100 runs and 100 RBIs on the season. Throw in 106 walks and 42 homeruns, and you have what I consider the team MVP. Anytime you approach a 1.000 OPS, and your name isn’t Barry Bonds, you have to be happy with your season. Thirty win shares+ (he’s at 29 right now), isn’t anything to scoff at either.
Sean Casey is right there with him though. After a tough 2002 season, he bounced back some in 2003, and despite turning 30, Casey has stepped things up this year. He has as good of a chance as scoring 100 and driving in 100 as well. He’s a winshare behind Dunn, and his OPS is a touch under .950 and has only 33 strikeouts in 523 at bats. The Reds have about as good of a one-two punch as any team out there.
So, just wait until next year, when Austin Kearns and Ken Griffey, Jr. play the entire season!!!!! The Reds will rule again!!!! They may give up eight runs a game, but they’ll score nine.
Win share information is courtesy of Hardball Times.