Originally Posted by bucksfan2
Well let me put it this way. That may have been the worst baseball article I have ever read. Outside of the bay area it is completly irrelivant because he does not disclose that he wasted his best pinch hitter in a walk situation. Nor does he bring up anything about the offensive merits about the hitters he pinch hit for or the one who eventually had the key at bat.
Let me fill in the gaps.
The hitter, Rajai Davis:
.270/.353/.363 in the majors (204 AB)
.305/.375/.407 in the minors
The pinch hitter, Fred Lewis
.298/.379/.417, in the majors (168 AB)
.282/.381/.420, in the minors
The guy on deck, Brian Bocock
.241/.311/.334, in the minors (never above A+)
The game is tied with the winning run on second base and first base open, as Joe quite clearly discloses. If you don't know that this situation begs for a walk to get to a weaker hitter, I promise you that you aren't a baseball prospectus subscriber. Further, this wasn't in a mass media publication like ESPN or Yahoo. It was on a pay-for-content baseball analysis site where an author has a reasonable assumption that his audience doesn't need their hand held on who the good and bad players are. Brian Bocock's presence on the Giants roster has been a running point of critique. Joe is preaching to the choir here, he knows it, and the article was written accordingly.