Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn said today that he is dedicated to turning his 2011 season around, which has so far gotten off to a rough start. Dunn, who signed a 4-year, $56 million deal with Chicago before the season, is hitting just .160 with a .294 OBP, 11 home runs and 174 strikeouts through the season's first 160 games.
"I've always been a slow starter," said Dunn. "Like, last year with the Nationals I hit only .225 in April. The only difference now is that it's 65 points lower and it's through April, May, June, July, August and the majority of September. But I feel my swing starting to come."
Dunn has seen his plate appearances drop off in the second half of the season as his production stayed low, a fact he admits angered him.
"I'm just trying to shake those spring training cobwebs off and they pull the plug on me after 350 or so at-bats?" he said. "I mean, what's the big rush?"
With two games left in the season, Dunn hopes to get his average up close to his previous career mark of .250.
"I think a couple of 2-hit games should do it," he said. "I think that's reasonable."
Told that two 2-for-4 games would only increase his average to .166, Dunn sighed and said, "Well, I guess I better hope they go extra innings."