Originally Posted by russ99
I know some of you love the long ball and are willing to give him a pass for that, but you don't for Dunn, and Viciedo is the same kind of hitter, without Dunn's plate patience and walks.
That's because Viciedo is a young developing hitter batting at the bottom of the order while Dunn is designated hitter paid to hit in the middle of the lineup. I'll hand it to Dunn he had a strong first half, but once Konerko cooled off, Dunn was useless.
Obviously, Viciedo needs to improve his approach and learn to take a pitch. Plenty of 23 year old hitters have. Dunn, on the other hand, has to put up numbers worthy of the middle of the order, and he has shown he's not really capable. His first half would indicate at the least he has to have a very good hitter behind him to be effective.