Where I bore you with some statistics with arbitrary end points...
- In his last 133 plate apperances (dating back to Aug. 7 -- 33 games), Adam Dunn is hitting .205/.323/.375 with 4 HRs and 14 RBIs. He's struck out 42 times against 19 walks. That's a pace over 162 games for 225 Ks. Eleven of his 23 hits over that time frame have been for extra bases so he has that going for him.
- In the ten games since the brawl, Nyjer Morgan has hit .297/.350/.351 in 41 plate appearances.
- Since his recall Aug. 1, John Lannan has looked like his old self, only better. In eight starts, he's gone 5-3 with a 3.08 ERA. The difference? His K/BB rate is 35/9 (again, in eight starts). His first 14 games? He struck out 24 and walked 35. He's still giving up his share of base hits as a "pitch to contact" guy, but there are much fewer walked batters to get driven in these days. He's also pitched into the seventh inning four of his last six starts.
- Since the calendar flipped to September, Bernie is 6-for-38 with three walks, zero extra-bases and three RBIs. That makes his slash line .158/.214/.158. Ouch. Bigger sample, you say? Since Aug. 1, it's .228/.289/.360 in 150 plate appearances with 30 Ks against 11 BBs. Think Roger Berndina is wearing down as the season progesses? Or have pitchers figured him out?
- Careful what you wish for: Since the All-Star break, Livan Hernandez' ERA is 4.86. Batters are hitting him at a .293/.344/.406 clip in 18 starts.