CHICAGO -- When occasionally perusing his statistical line, the least important number to look at for Adam Dunn is his batting average.
"Honestly, I really don't look at batting average," Dunn said. "I know my job is to drive in runs and get on base and things of that nature. I don't care how I get on. I mean, whatever: Walk, hit, I don't care. But it's down at the bottom."
Dunn carries a .226 average into Tuesday's series opener in St. Louis, after going deep in Sunday's 11-9 loss to the Astros. But the White Sox designated hitter also ranked second in baseball with 20 home runs and third in the American League with 46 RBIs. He has a .369 on-base percentage and is tied with Joey Votto for the most walks in the Majors at 48.
Taking his offensive importance one step further, Dunn is No. 1 in the AL at 4.49 pitches viewed per plate appearance, and ranks No. 1 in baseball with 1,164 pitches viewed this season. Those numbers aren't important to Dunn, as much as they represent his norm as a professional.
"Every year I was kind of up there in that," said Dunn of the pitches-viewed category. "It goes back to having my approach that is good and bad. Obviously, you want to get the starter out of there as quick as possible, so the more pitches you can see early in a game, the better."
"He just seems like he's on base all the time," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Dunn. "Everybody wants their average to be up higher, but I don't want him to have his average go up without him having the power. He has good at-bats when he goes up there. He's not a typical three-hole hitter, but for us, he's on base enough to be a three-hole hitter."