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Kingspoint
09-16-2009, 07:54 PM
Keep in mind where each player usually bats in the lineup and who's hitting after them (i.e. a pitcher, pinch-hitter, Votto, etc.), and how likely they are to be intentionally walked (Votto, whoever bat's 8th, etc.). That determines what kind of pitches they see in "clutch" situations and how much easier it is for them or how much more difficult it is for them.

Scoring position, 2nd, or 3rd, or 2nd and 3rd. (Almost any hit scores the run (except for a Willy Taveras hit as it usually doesn't leave the infield....seriously), so, Batting Average is a very important stat here, less so than SLG or OBP (where a Walk or HBP doesn't score a run unless the bases are loaded). Notice though that Gomes' SLG comes into play with his RBI/PA almost 100 points higher than Votto under the same scenario, but Votto gets intentionally walked more often, which lowers his RBI/PA. But, I'll post the Total RBI's per Plate Appearance next to the Batting Average. What's more important? How many RBI's you get for every Plate Appearance you have with runners in scoring position or what your batting average is under those situations (see Willy Taveras)? I choose the former.

Player............BA.........RBI/PA

Sutton...........(.625)......(.700)
Gomes..........(.317)......(.413)
Phillips..........(.291)......(.401)
Barker...........(.500)......(.375)
Tatum...........(.250)......(.357)
Hernandez.....(.328)......(.337)
Votto............(.325)......(.333)
Nix................(.191)......(.307)
Rolen............(.269)......(.295)
Miller.............(.235)......(.292)
McDonald.......(.261)......(.261)
Rosales..........(.196)......(.262)
Bruce.............(.183)......(.232)
Balentien........(.238)......(.200)
Janish............(.172)......(.197)
Taveras..........(.232)......(.175)
Dickerson.......(.182)......(.155)
Stubbs...........(.188)......(.154)
Hanigan.........(.143)......(.135)

tobttr
09-17-2009, 04:48 PM
So the answer to the question is "the guys in the other uniforms."

Kingspoint
09-17-2009, 05:57 PM
So the answer to the question is "the guys in the other uniforms."

Or, you can look at who choked big-time all season.

The entire REDS' outfield choked big-time all season long. Taveras should have never been on any major league roster....and Dickerson should have been batting leadoff to take advantage of what he was good at....getting on base, so his lack of clutch hitting wouldn't have come into play as much or been as much of a detriment to the team (he could have been pinch-hit for in late-inning situations requiring an RBI). Bruce....you just have to let him play it out, maybe even send him back down to AAA to get his confidence back because he sucked so badly (it worked for Brooks Robinson, and Bruce will never be as good as Brooks Robinson). If he doesn't like it...too bad. Go cry to your mama.

Phillips, Gomes, Hernandez, and Votto were outstanding. That's perfect as they are the 3-6 hitters on the team (with Bruce thrown in there somewhere, and Bruce should have been moved down to the #7 hole a long time ago).