Dunn looking to be aggressive early in count

Dunn looking to be aggressive early in count

Dunn looking to be aggressive early in count
CHICAGO -- When Adam Dunn swung through a Phillip Hughes pitch in the third inning of Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the Yankees, the White Sox slugger broke his own single-season franchise record for strikeouts with 178.

It's a total that reached 180 during Friday's 9-8 victory over Seattle, during which he hit his Major League-leading 37th and 38th homers and the 13th and 14th off a left-handed pitcher this season.

The truth of the matter is that Dunn doesn't care much about something he has done 1,989 times during the course of his career. Strikeouts are as much a part of Dunn's game as walks and home runs.

Even with that lack of angst over the whiffs, Dunn has thought about a way to alter his approach at the plate slightly while still staying true to what makes him successful. It's a change that might drop that strikeout total.

"I don't mean cutting down strikeouts," Dunn said. "I'm going to be more aggressive earlier in the count. I think that will eliminate, I don't even want to throw a number out there, but it will eliminate a ton of them.

"Right now, I pretty much look for one pitch, one location early in the count. If I don't get it, I don't swing. But I want to be able to kind of look not at certain pitches but at a certain location. Look for the location, and if any pitch shows up you'll be ready to hit it, as opposed to one pitch. That's my new goal."

As for the strikeout record, Dunn realizes other hitters will come along someday and probably surpass his lofty total. Dunn leads the Majors with his 180 strikeouts but also leads with 89 walks.

"Any time you make an out, to me, you feel the same way, unless there are runners in scoring position or a man on third, less than two outs, or you've got some pitches to drive and missed them," said Dunn. "Sometimes you are just going to strike out. They are going to make good pitches.

"A lot of times I put myself in holes by taking, which is also part of my game, so I don't really get mad about that. Those situations I alluded to, those are the ones that really fire me up a little bit."