The RBI Question
I'm going to try to address the "RBI Question" by looking at two consecutive years in the career of Brian Giles.
In 2004, Giles had an OPS+ of 128. In 159 games played, he had 94 RBI. As a team, the Padres scored 768 runs that year.
In 2005, Giles had an OPS+ of 146. In 158 games played, he had 83 RBI. As a team, the Padres scored 684 runs that year.
Giles hit third both seasons, had the same home park, played almost the exact same number of games each year. Presumably, his "clutch" ability was the same both years.
This is what I mean when I say RBIs have very little to do with the guy at the plate. He could be an awful hitter, or he could be a fantastic hitter, but HOLDING ALL OTHER FACTORS CONSTANT, his RBI total will vary dramatically based on the other hitters on his team.
So, miltie, are you still worried about Dunn's "clutch" factor? Or do you think he might be able to knock some more runs in if he were brought on to a team with a competent offense?