Should the Cubs Be Interested in Adam Dunn?

So Adam Dunn wants to play for the Cubs, but are the Cubs interested in Adam Dunn? Without a doubt Dunn can mash the ball, when he makes contact, and fits the bill of the impact bat that Lou Piniella wants in the middle of his lineup.

The problem with Adam Dunn has always been his defense and if J.P Ricciardi is correct, possibly his desire to play the game. All of that aside, Adam Dunn can hit the ball, especially at Wrigley Field, but unfortunately he cannot catch it. With Alfonso Soriano hopping around in left field, a below average left fielder could be beyond brutal in right field for the Chicago Cubs.

Teams have to weigh a players offense against the defense that player brings to the table. In Dunn’s case however, defense should not play into the equation. The Cubs appear focused on Milton Bradley, and until Mark Teixeira decides on his new home, Bradley is likely to postpone making his decision.

While the Cubs wait for the ownership situation to clear up and for Scott Boras’ hold on the off-season to subside, here’s how Adam Dunn has performed against the other teams in the Central Division as well as against the elite pitchers in the National League….

Dunn’s Split Stats from 2008

  • Vs. RHP – .253/.400/.551/.951 with 30 home runs, 78 RBI, 18 doubles, 89 walks and 104 strikeouts
  • Vs. LHP – .195/.351/.422/.773 with 10 home runs, 22 RBI, 5 doubles, 33 walks and 60 strikeouts
  • Home (Cincinnati and Arizona) – .228/.373/.493/.865 with 21 home runs, 53 RBI, 9 doubles, 62 walks and 79 strikeouts in 83 games
  • Away – .245/.399/.535/.934 with 19 home runs, 47 RBI, 14 doubles, 60 walks and 85 strikeouts in 75 games
  • Day – .269/.406/.594/1.000 with 14 home runs, 38 RBI, 10 doubles, 36 walks and 46 strikeouts in 49 games

Dunn’s Complete Split Stats from Yahoo Sports

Against the Central in 2008

  • Astros – .244/.320/.489/.809 – 11-for-45 with 2 doubles and 3 home runs, 5 walks and 14 strikeouts in 12 games
  • Pirates – .259/.394/.519/.912 – 7-for-27 with a double and 2 home runs, 6 walks and 11 strikeouts in 8 games
  • Cardinals – .225/.426/.500/.926 – 9-for-40 with 2 doubles and 3 home runs, 12 walks and 12 strikeouts in 13 games
  • Brewers – .229/.383/.514/.897 – 8-for-35 with a double and 3 home runs, 8 walks and 9 strikeouts

Note: Dunn’s numbers against the Cubs were omitted as well as his three games against the Reds after he was traded from Cincinnati in August

Career Numbers Against the Central

  • Cubs – .260/.398/.614/1.012 – 97-for-373 with 16 doubles, a triple and 38 home runs with 84 walks and 126 strikeouts in 109 games
  • Astros – .253/.369/.510/.879 – 93-for-367 with 27 doubles, 2 triples and 21 home runs with 63 walks and 122 strikeouts in 106 games
  • Pirates – .257/.407/.534/.942 – 90-for-350 with 20 doubles, a triple and 25 home runs with 85 walks and 114 strikeouts in 106 games
  • Cardinals – .225/.358/.488/.846 – 86-for-383 with 20 doubles and 27 home runs with 78 walks and 102 strikeouts in 115 games
  • Brewers – .310/.438/.613/1.051 – 48-for-155 with 11 doubles and 12 home runs with 31 walks and 48 strikeouts (note: Dunn’s numbers against the Brewers are totals from the last three seasons, not career marks. Dunn’s career numbers against Milwaukee were unavailable)

Career Numbers in Central Parks

  • Wrigley Field – .286/.419/.664/1.083 – 62-for-217 with 11 doubles, a triple and 23 home runs with 49 walks and 68 strikeouts in 60 games
  • Great American – .254/.385/.556/.941 in 437 career games
  • Minute Maid Park – .259/.370/.524/.894 – 48-for-185 with 14 doubles, a triple and 11 home runs with 32 walks and 57 strikeouts in 53 games
  • Miller Park – .244/.405/.512/.918 – 50-for-205 with 11 doubles, a triple and 14 home runs with 52 walks and 65 strikeouts in 59 games
  • PNC Park – .226/.392/.403/.795 – 36-for-159 with 8 doubles, a triple and 6 home runs with 42 walks and 50 strikeouts in 48 games
  • Busch Stadium – .241/.388/.554/.943 – 20-for-83 with 5 doubles and 7 home runs with 19 walks and 23 strikeouts in 25 games

Situational Stats

  • As RF – .247/.398/.455/.853 – 63-for-255 with 15 doubles, a triple and 12 home runs with 60 walks and 76 strikeouts in 82 games

Dunn has hit better throughout his career in the second spot in the lineup with the cleanup spot coming in second and the fifth spot third best for Dunn.

  • Batting 2nd – .277/.389/.554/.943 with 29 doubles and 28 home runs in 107 games
  • Batting 4th – .256/.383/.512/.894 with 65 doubles, 2 triples and 71 home runs in 310 games
  • Batting 5th – .242/.390/.525/.915 with 55 doubles, 5 triples and 99 home runs in 380 games

Career Situational Stats for Adam Dunn

Career Numbers Against Elite Pitching

  • Dan Haren – 1-for-5 with a home run, a walk and 2 strikeouts
  • Randy Johnson – 0-for-9 with a walk and 6 strikeouts
  • Brandon Webb – 6-for-25 with 2 doubles, a home run, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts
  • Tom Glavine – 8-for-27 with 2 doubles, a triple, a home run, 6 walks and 5 strikeouts
  • Tim Hudson – 5-for-15 with a double, a home run, a walk and 2 strikeouts
  • John Smoltz – 2-for-12 with a double, a home run, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts
  • Josh Beckett – 1-for-7 with 4 strikeouts
  • Scott Linebrink - 3-for-6 with a home run, 3 walks and a strikeout
  • Ryan Dempster – 4-for-11 with a double, a home run, 10 walks and 3 strikeouts
  • Rich Harden – 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout
  • Ted Lilly – 2-for-9 with a home run, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts
  • Carlos Marmol - 0-for-6 with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts
  • Carlos Zambrano – 13-for-56 with a double, 7 home runs, 15 walks and 12 strikeouts
  • Francisco Cordero – 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Johnny Cueto – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Aaron Harang – 0-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout
  • Edinson Volquez – 1-for-3 with a strikeout
  • Cliff Lee – 3-for-14 with a home run, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts
  • Kerry Wood – 9-for-37 with 5 home runs, 12 walks and 15 strikeouts
  • Aaron Cook – 3-for-14 with a home run, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts
  • Jeff Francis – 3-for-12 with a double, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts
  • Brian Fuentes – 2-for-9 with a double, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts
  • Ricky Nolasco – 0-for-8 with a walk and a strikeout
  • Roy Oswalt - 16-for-64 with 6 doubles, a triple, 4 home runs, 13 walks and 19 strikeouts
  • Wandy Rodriguez – 7-for-18 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts
  • Jose Valverde – 1-for-4 with a walk and 2 strikeouts
  • Chad Billingsley – 2-for-9 with 6 walks and 3 strikeouts
  • Jonathan Broxton – 0-for-1 with 3 walks and a strikeout
  • Clayton Kershaw – 2-for-2 with a double and a home run
  • Hiroki Kuroda – 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 walks
  • Derek Lowe – 1-for-12 with a walk and 4 strikeouts
  • Yovani Gallardo – 1-for-4 with a double, 2 walks and a strikeout
  • Ben Sheets – 6-for-35 with a double, a home run, 2 walks and 14 strikeouts
  • Jeff Suppan – 13-for-27 with 6 doubles, a home run, 10 walks and 3 strikeouts
  • Johan Santana – 1-for-1 with a home run and a walk
  • Francisco Rodriguez – 0-for-1 with a strikeout
  • A.J. Burnett - 3-for-14 with 2 doubles, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts
  • CC Sabathia – 4-for-22 with 2 doubles, a walk and 8 strikeouts
  • Joe Blanton – 0-for-3 with a strikeout
  • Brad Lidge – 4-for-16 with a double, a home run, 4 walks and 8 strikeouts
  • Brett Myers – 3-for-15 with a double, 2 home runs, 6 walks and 5 strikeouts
  • Cole Hamels – 1-for-8 with a double, a walk and 5 strikeouts
  • Matt Capps – 3-for-7 with 2 doubles, a home run, a walk and 3 strikeouts
  • Zach Duke – 5-for-11 with a double, a home run, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts
  • Paul Maholm – 3-for-25 with 7 walks and 10 strikeouts
  • Ian Snell – 3-for-23 with a double, 2 home runs, 4 walks and 9 strikeouts
  • Trevor Hoffman - 2-for-7 with a home run, a walk and 3 strikeouts
  • Jake Peavy – 5-for-25 with 2 home runs, 6 walks and 9 strikeouts
  • Matt Cain – 2-for-10 with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts
  • Tim Lincecum – 2-for-8 with 4 strikeouts
  • Chris Carpenter – 4-for-24 with a home run, 3 walks and 10 strikeouts
  • Kyle Lohse - 0-for-4 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts

Home Runs Hit Against in 2008

Adam Dunn hit 40 home runs for the Reds and Diamondbacks in 2008…his fifth year in a row with at least 40 long balls. Dunn hit 27 dingers in 2003 in 116 games.

  • Tim Hudson
  • Brad Hennessey
  • Paul Byrd
  • Justin Masterson
  • Tim Wakefield
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Kevin Hart
  • Jon Lieber (2)
  • Carlos Zambrano
  • John Van Benschoten
  • Masa Kobayashi
  • Cliff Lee
  • Anthony Reyes
  • Jeremy Sowers
  • Jorge De La Rosa
  • Glendon Rusch
  • Logan Kensing (2)
  • Roy Oswalt
  • Wandy Rodriguez (2)
  • Clayton Kershaw
  • Hong-Chih Kuo
  • Greg Maddux
  • Brad Penny
  • Eric Gagne
  • Seth McClung
  • Derrick Turnbow
  • Mike Pelfrey
  • Johan Santana
  • Ian Snell
  • Josh Banks
  • Trevor Hoffman
  • Jake Peavy
  • Joe Thatcher
  • Joel Pineiro (2)
  • Rick Bauer
  • Colin Balester

In October the CCO looked at the Cubs’ Big Three and how they stacked up against the best pitching in the league. Dunn’s numbers stack up with what Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee put up in 2008 against top tier pitching in the National League.

Adam Dunn’s career stats from Yahoo Sports

Adam Dunn is probably not the best fit for the Cubs needs, especially on the defensive side. Numbers never lie and can often reveal a truth past a perception a certain player may or may not have.

If, and this is a big if, Adam Dunn could bring any kind of defense with him to the North Side, signing Adam Dunn to play right field would give Lou Piniella the thunder he is looking for from the left side.

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