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September Freefall

September 13 vs Indians

Today's Game Rating:
1 Star
The Sox bats have been fed through the chipper shredder.

Short Take:   The Sox offense still sucks in a 3-1 loss to Cleveland.

I guess the Sox being in a September freefall is a figurative term since the season has been in a freefall since the team was 24-24 on May 26th. That was a long time ago. After their 3-1 loss to Cleveland on Friday afternoon, the Sox are now 2-11 in September, having committed 20 errors while continuing to have a hard time scoring runs.

In these last two series against Detroit and Cleveland, some of the games have been downright deplorable. It's some of the worst baseball I've seen, and that's saying a lot. After the 14-3 loss on Thursday night to the Indians, at least a 3-1 loss was more tolerable on Friday afternoon with Hector Santiago taking the loss for the Sox.

Hector only lasted four innings, laboring to throw 94 pitches, giving up three earned and six hits. All of the damage came in the fourth and fifth innings for Cleveland.

In the top of the fourth, Drew Stubbs hit an RBI single to score Asdrubal Cabrera. Then in the fifth, Sox killer, Ryan Raburn, hit a two-run double to score Swisher and Kipnis. That was all the offense Cleveland needed.

Indians starter Danny Salazar pitched only 3.2 innings but had nine strikeouts. The Sox could only muster one run off of eight Cleveland pitchers on the afternoon. And that came on an RBI single from Konerko in the fifth to score Marcus Semien.

In an all too familiar setting, the Sox have once again taken a massive dump in September. Much like last year, when they single-handedly gave Detroit the division, the team just does everything to lose. The defense is worse, the hitting is dead on arrival most nights, and it's almost like there's a collective shrug of the shoulders.

And one person I'm tired of both talking about and hearing about is Adam Dunn. Consistently, I read that without Dunn, "The team would have no power!" or "How could we just let that kind of power go if we had the chance to at the end of the season?" We can let him go because every time the team needs him, he's absolutely horrid. After the golden sombrero on Wednesday night, to go along with three more K's on Friday afternoon, Dunn now has 41 strikeouts over his last 90 at-bats. During that time he's hitting roughly .100. We all know about 2011, he was completely awful for most of 2012 in finishing the season at .204, and then there's this season. He was garbage in April and May, and then in June and July he decided to hit .300 over about a two month period. After a three hit effort on August 17th, Dunn was hitting .241. We were feeling pretty good, though this was all done during garbage time, at least he was hitting. Well, that was his high point. His average since then has dropped 22 points and is showing no signs of slowing down. Oh, but wait, his power numbers are good and his OPS is over .800! Not anymore. Right now, his OBP is .319 and his OPS are .754, both well below his career averages. He's hit a collective .199 so far in his tenure with the Sox.

I'm a person, too, who has been in Dunn's corner much of his time here. I rooted for him last year and much of this year. However, for every homer it's three times the rally and inning killing strikeouts, and months long slumps where he couldn't hit the weight of your average teenager. It gets even better. Then he has to comment in an interview that came out September 4th that he's mulled retirement because he's not having any fun. Oh, you poor baby. Of course, he won't really retire when there's still 15 million due to him next season. I would like to tell Adam Dunn, that while he's frustrated, the fans are even more frustrated having to put up with his pathetic plate appearances and defensive liabilities. With Paulie and Youk nursing injuires last September, to go along with a lineup that wasn't hitting, Dunn was the one guy I had hoped to come through. The division was on the line and he was paid big money to come here and produce. He could've been the man of the hour to save our postseason hopes. Well, he tanked, just like the rest of the ship. After just about three full seasons with him in the books, please just go away.

Obviously, it's not all about Adam Dunn, it's the whole team this season. Dunn's power numbers are of course magnified because there's no other power on the team. Paulie is basically done while Alexei, Viciedo, Rios, Keppinger, and Gillaspie were all hitting for basically little or no power. Alexei and Viciedo, especially, were hard to figure out. This was all coupled with Beckham's injury.

Right now, there are so many holes, we're all praying Hahn has a plan. We know he was handcuffed more last offseason because of salaries, but his handling of the catching situation, or lack thereof, and the signings of Keppinger and Gillaspie have bombed. Tyler Flowers is a AAA catcher while Keppinger is one of the worst acquisitions I can remember. The lone bright spot for Hahn right now seems to be Avisail Garcia, but it's an uphill mountain from here.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
  Hawk: "Dunn who?"

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