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qotsa04
05-21-2013, 11:43 AM
During last 10 games, Choo hit .229(Of course, not good)
But his on base percentage during 10 games is .460 with 14 walks and 1 HBP.
Meanwhile, Drew Stubbs hit .214 during last 10 games and his on base percentage is .290 with 3 walks.
Through this, we could know the value of high OBP player very well.
High OBP player could continue to contribute to the team even if experiencing a temporary slump.

Beer&Bourbon
05-21-2013, 12:44 PM
I started reading The Machine (about the BRM) last night. Pete Rose was aggravated about a decline in BA, but kept touting his walks. Getting as many was as Choo does means you know how to read a pitch. It's a valuable skill that puts runs on the board. The goal of the lead off hitter should be to get on base where they can score runs. He's obviously doing a great job; it's such a sharp contrast to our lead off hitters in the past.

RedlegJake
05-21-2013, 12:44 PM
OBP is simply not making outs. Taking your example Stubbs created about a dozen more outs in those games even tho the BA was almost the same. That's huge.