Past-present-future: Dunn, Matusz, others

Updated: March 29, 2012, 3:10 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Not to belabor the point, but Chicago White Sox designated hitter/first baseman Adam Dunn didn't merely have a bad 2011 season; he had one of the worst seasons in baseball history. I think there's a difference. I mean, it was a bad year for plenty of players, either because of injury or simply performance, but Dunn lost 101 points of batting average, and he wasn't exactly winning batting titles to begin with. He didn't hit for power. His numbers against left-handed pitching -- six hits in 94 at-bats -- were mind-boggling.

Then again, from 2004-10, Dunn was a picture of consistency across the board for the good (power, durability) and the bad (batting average, defense). You knew what you were going to get … until 2011. So which do you trust, years of steady numbers or an unimaginable season with a .159 batting average?