Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
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.
I get Doug's point. I just don't see the ratio of Ks to BBs as being the issue. The issue is how you compensate - if you can - for a deficiency in either area.
If you walk too little, or strike out too much, there are a number of ways to compensate.
Yes -- if your walks are very low and your Ks are very high, it's a tough situation. But most cases aren't that extreme, just someplace in between.