Two whole weeks
Finally Adam Dunn hit another home run after two whole weeks of nothing. The thing is, the pattern is very similar to Dunn's 2004 season when he hit 46 home runs. In 2004, Dunn hit 11 homers through May 11th (Dunn hit his 11th on May 10th this year). He then proceeded to go 18 days without another one and ended May with just a dozen homers.
Three multi-homer games in June helped move Dunn end that month in 2004 with 23 homers. So even with the dry spell, the season is far from lost.
Dunn's homerun tonight was yet another leadoff shot, giving him 51 for his career.
The Bucs come to town for four starting tomorrow. Maholm, Chacon, Duke and Snell will start for Pittsburgh. Chacon gave up homer #204 to Dunn a month ago. The other three are still looking for the opportunity to surrender a home run to Dunn.
Now no one has 209 home runs as Dunn moves into a multi-way tie for 248th all-time. The 210 is a figure Dunn has reached in just his seventh season. Only 16 players have hit more in their first seven seasons and Dunn still has plenty of games left before his seventh is complete. If he were to hit 28 more to give him 40 for the season and 238 for his career, only Kiner, Pujols, Mathews and Frank Robinson would have more home runs in their first seven seasons.
I don't know about you but sometimes in these slumps I need a little reminder of just how incredible Dunn is.