Originally Posted by Kc61
Sorry, I don't see it.
If you strikeout too much, it's bad.
If you walk too little, it's bad.
You can compensate for these tendencies in several ways. But the two do not correlate in my view.
A guy can fan 200 times. That's bad. He can compensate several ways. He can compensate by hitting 70 homers. He can compensate by batting .350. He can compensate by walks. But it doesn't have to be by walks.
A guy can walk at a very low rate, like Francisco. He can compensate by a very high batting average. By a slew of extra base hits. A low strikeout rate helps, but it is not necessary if other good things happen.
Walks and strikeouts are important. But they are not, IMO, strictly related.
You're missing Doug's point.
Individually, if you have a low walk rate, but don't strike out a lot, you will have a higher BA because you'll have more balls in play (and therefore more hits). If you have high strikeout rate, but compensate with walks, your lower BA will be made up with a higher isolated discipline.
Together, though, if you're not putting the ball in play and you don't walk much, you're going to have a very bad OBP. A 4:1 K:BB ratio is very, very bad. It's enough to destroy in OBP any significant slugging a player is able to put up.
His point is you can survive one or the other, but you can't survive both.