Originally Posted by nate
At this point, better plate discipline. Otherwise, I've enjoyed watching him play.
I think he actually almsot has too much discipline. I think rather, he needs to be more selective.
That may seem like picking nits, but I think there's a fine line. Rather than flat out tkaing every 3-1 pitch he works the count to, he should be up there looking for a good pitch to hit.
I've just noticed a few at-bats where he goes up there looking to walk. Which is a poor approach in my opinion. Stubbs needs to be willing to take a walk, as in, take the balls he does get. But it's not advantageous to let easy pitches down the middle go for strikes when he could be putting some good swings on them. I've noticed a few at-bats where he has gotten ahead, taken some hittable pitchers, and then fished for a pitch that could have been low for a ball, but he swung because it probably looked like a potential strike 3 looking out of the pitcher's hand. Pitches can be very difficult to read, so for a guy like Stubbs, avoiding 2 strike counts in important.
I think the last week or so, he's been a little better in this area. The walks will come since he is a very disciplined hitter. But I think he can very well turn some K's into hits (which is usually not a normal practice) by being more aggressive when ahead in the count.