Dunn named Player of the Week
Move to cleanup sparks slugger's impressive stretch
CINCINNATI -- It's been a tough year for the Cincinnati Reds, with the team mired in last place in the National League Central and some of the team's best players mentioned in trade speculation.But as long as left fielder Adam Dunn remains in Cincinnati, there's at least one bright spot. The power-hitting lefty has again provided a massive boost to the heart of the Reds order, batting .275 with 19 home runs and 46 RBIs on the season. He provided an especially big presence over the past week when he moved to the No. 4 spot in the batting order behind Ken Griffey Jr., hitting .500 (12-for-24) with four home runs, eight RBIs and an incredible on-base percentage of .538. More impressively, he posted those numbers in Interleague Play against American League pitchers who, for the most part, he hadn't seen before. He also hasn't been shaken by a season that clearly hasn't gone as the team hoped. For those efforts, Dunn has been named the Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week. "There's no rhyme or reason on what happened," Dunn said about his week. "I'm feeling pretty good up there. The pitches I was fouling off [before], I was putting in play." Over the weekend, Dunn homered in each of the Reds' three games against the Rangers, and he homered twice in a loss on Sunday. For the week, he recorded three multi-RBI performances, despite the team losing four of six. "We're not going to quit," Dunn said. "This is our job, just like anyone else's. And we're going to take pride and play hard and finish what we started." In addition to his power numbers, Dunn had the benefit of the bounces going his way. His week started with a couple of broken-bat RBI hits, and on Friday he had a bloop single. The ball rolled to third base and no one was covering because the infield had shifted to the right side. "Baseball is a lot of luck," Dunn said. "I hit a ball that was 15 feet in the air, and [it went] 93 feet and it was a hit. It's a lot of luck, but I'll take it." It's the second time in his career that Dunn has been selected as the NL Player of the Week, with the other time coming in May 2002. For his award, Dunn will receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece.
Ben DuBose is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.