There is perhaps no more consistent offensive player in baseball than Adam Dunn, who pretty much knows on Opening Day what his numbers will look like come October 1: 40 homers, 100 RBI, more than 100 walks.
So Dunn isn't overly concerned on April 13 that his home run total still stands at zero and his RBI total at one. (Don't forget, he also failed to homer all spring.)
"I would be panicking a little bit if I wasn't seeing the ball as well as I am," he said. "I'm not worried about that part. That part will be there."
Still, Dunn's first week of the season was a strange one. He's batting a paltry .111 (2-for-18). Both hits are singles, so his slugging percentage is a pathetic .111. Yet he leads the league with 10 walks, producing a stout .448 on-base percentage.
When's the last time you heard of a player whose OBP was 337 points higher than his slugging percentage?
"I don't think there's an excuse why," Dunn said. "I think I'm just not putting the balls in play or getting hits on pitches I normally do. The good thing is, I'm feeling good, so I know it's going to change."
Dunn does have a reputation sometimes for being too selective at the plate, for taking borderline pitches that lead either to walks or strikeouts instead of taking a hack at them and trying to drive in runs. That has often kept his RBI total a bit lower than you'd expect for a player who mashes 40 homers and regularly hits out of the cleanup spot.
But it's probably too early to be overly concerned about Dunn's offensive numbers. As he's shown throughout his career, the numbers will be there come season's end.
The Nats, though, could certainly use a little more production out of their biggest power threat ASAP.
"We haven't even gotten started yet [hitting], and we're doing OK because we're playing with intensity, we're playing with some passion and we're getting after it," manager Jim Riggleman said. "We're scrapping and clawing. Adam hasn't gotten going yet, but he's got 10 walks. He's out there. He's on base. So look how good this is going to be when we get going."