Originally Posted by dougdirt
Strikeouts always count, even for power hitters. Strikeouts matter for everyone because they influence everything else, including home runs (because of balls put in play), batting average and on base percentage (because of balls put in play and BABIP) and slugging percentage. I still don't believe Francisco has a strikeout problem though. He has a strikeout/walk problem. The two rates have to get closer to one another, be it by cutting a few more strikeouts or adding a few more walks. Alone, neither is an issue. Together they are.
Strikeouts count, but you expect more from a power hitter. A slap hitter can fan 100 times and it's a disaster. A power man fans 100 times and it is modest by today's standards.
And I disagree with all the talk about K/BB ratios. I think Ks and BBs are important -- but independent of each other. A good strikeout number doesn't justify too few walks. A good walk number doesn't justify too many strikeouts.
JF has no strikeout problem for a hitter of his type. He does have a walk problem. He needs to walk more. I saw signs late in the season that he can overcome that.