Reading Room: Picking on Dunn

Christian Marrero Reading Room

Adam Dunn's season hit a new low on Monday night, and I'm not talking about the boos received before he even came to the plate (a hard grounder ramped off his mitt and into right field; ruled a RBI single).

Nor am I talking about the cringe-inducing half-swings on two challenge fastballs that caused me to watch strike three from between my fingers.

I'm talking about CC Sabathia's postgame quotes about that particular at-bat:

And with the game on the line in the sixth and the eighth, Dunn struck out both times and Sabathia knew he could get him. In the eighth, with none on, two outs and the Yankees clinging to a one-run lead, third baseman Eric Chavez came up to Sabathia and told him not to give in to Carlos Quentin because Dunn was on-deck, according to the Yankees ace.

"I mean, you know it’s there, and he’s just having a tough year," said a respectful Sabathia of Dunn. "You don’t want to make mistakes, you don’t want to give in, you don’t want to get lazy and make a pitch that you’ll regret.

"He’s had a tough year. I know he hadn’t hit lefties really good this year, so like I said, I was just trying to make pitches and I ended up getting him in some tough spots."

Sabathia sounds like he's defending his exploiting of a programming glitch. But instead of getting a goalie stuck in the corner of the net on a wraparound goal in NHLPA '93, he's striking out a $56 million hitter in real life.

Man, Dayan Viciedo needs to get healthy, and fast.

The other pact participant, Alex Rios, is choosing to keep his words to a minimum regarding the presence of Alejandro De Aza. I'm not sure if this means that Rios doesn't think he deserves to be bench, but either way, this is a step forward in not actively hurting the team anymore.

James' post starts with, "Why are the White Sox bad at the things they care about?" My theory -- if they're guilty of anything, they're guilty of loving too much.

Paul Konerko's knee could be worse, but it's going to keep him out for at least one more day. Man, Dayan Viciedo needs to get healthy, and fast.

Bartolo Colon, who will start for the Yankees on Thursday, eclipsed 100 innings for the first time since 2005. Larry Rothschild calls him "the glue" of the Yankees rotation. Both of these things are weird.

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