Adam Dunn hasn't had much success in a White Sox uniform -- at least since last year's spring training.
In 67 at-bats last March, Dunn hit three home runs with a .781 OPS. Not great numbers, at least by Dunn's usual career standards. But that's at least a decent level of success, especially compared to what Dunn did in the regular season.
Ozzie Guillen can claim he and his staff knew Dunn was in trouble early on in spring training, but those results don't scream trouble -- certainly not the trouble Dunn found himself in last year.
Spring training results usually aren't important. The small sample sizes that come with spring training are prone to wild swings, like Mark Teahen's .946 OPS last year. There are a few stats to generally watch -- strikeouts and walks are good for both pitchers and hitters -- but results, like hits and runs allowed, usually aren't important.
But there may be some added importance for Dunn to put together some decent results, even in only 60-70 at-bats, just to get a base of success heading into opening day. More accurately, Dunn needs to not post a sub-.600 OPS with a strikeout rate around 35 percent.
Dunn has made it clear that 2012 is a new year, that 2011 is behind him. He can begin to prove that this March in spring training play.
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Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.