Originally Posted by Kc61
Ks are a relevant factor. They are certainly not the only relevant factor and I wouldn't exaggerate their importance, but they are relevant as a team stat.
This year the highest K total in the majors wa 1249 (Fla) and the lowest 872 (Minn). Minn also had the most hits in baseball and was 13th in runs. Fla was 23rd in hits and 19th in runs.
With a gap of almost 400 strikeouts, Minn surely had many more opportunities for base hits than did Florida. Not talking about the impact of the strikeouts -- I agree with most that it is just another out -- but the lack of contact does diminish the base hit opportunities.
Of course, there is often a trade off so that a low strikeout team may not have much power. I don't advocate a slap hitting team.
The Reds this year were 6th in baseball in strikeouts. While they were 3rd in homers, they were 14th in extra base hits, 22nd in runs, 26th in hits.
When a team is 6th in strikeouts and near last in hits, I think it can use a few more guys who get the bat on the ball.
Which of the following charts isn't like the other two ...
And just for the record, here's a BP chart on strikeouts to runs correlation from 1950-2002:
Avoid outs. Acquire bases. How the outs that are made are actually made isn't something to fret about.