Reader Brian D. sent in the following email:
I've been thinking about my old buddy Adam Dunn, wondering if he's ever going to turn around this awful season he's having. I wondered, what if he suddenly started hitting like the Adam Dunn of old? What would his end-of-year numbers look like?
Through the ChiSox' first 82 games this year Dunn has these numbers:
.171, 7 HR, 29 RBI
Let's add to those his numbers from his best year, 2004, in the Reds' final 80 games:
.266, 22 HR, 51 RBI
Add the two half-seasons together and you get:
.224, 29 HR, 80 RBI
If Dunn started hitting as well as he's ever hit from July-September,he would finish with those numbers. Now, what if Dunn didn't turn back into his old self. Instead, what if he was possessed by the spirit of the greatest hitting machine of all time? Here's what Barry Bonds did in the Giants' final 80 games of 2001:
.353, 34 HR, 66 RBI
Add that to Dunn's 2011 first half and you get:
.263, 41 HR, 95 RBI
That's right: Adam Dunn would have to instantly turn into BARRY BONDS at his roided-up best to end up with anything resembling a typical Adam Dunn season.
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