Adam Dunn's two-run home run proved to be all the run support a dominant Chris Sale needed on Monday. It also served as a reminder as to just how significant his turnaround has been in 2012.
Last year, Dunn hit just 11 home runs in 122 games. With his sixth-inning blast off Tampa Bay lefty Matt Moore, Dunn equaled that total in 27 games during May.
Dunn now has hit four of his 16 home runs off left-handers, and while his offensive numbers against southpaws aren't great, he's hardly a black hole against them anymore.
The projection system ZiPS has Dunn pegged to hit 36 home runs this season, which would be right in line with his years in Washington. He's getting on base in the .380 range, which is where his OBP sat from 2004-2009.
And as the White Sox battle for first place -- albeit, still early in the season -- Dunn's been as important a part of the Sox success as anyone.