Originally Posted by dougdirt
The problem with that scenario is that Francisco would leave so many extra at bats for those behind him in the order to score runs that the overall issue would not be close at the end of the day. Sure, he may have more RBI + runs, but he also kills RBI chances for the 5/6 and 7 guys by making so many outs.
As for him hitting the ball hard.... lots of guys do. BABIP still keeps them in check just like everyone else.
I'd prefer to entrust the driving in of runs to the players who are best
at driving in runs--namely, the cleanup hitter. That's his job. You don't want him leaving it to somebody else. Yeah, he'll make more outs than the next day. But for a hitter who is asked to drive in runs, walks can be downright counter-productive.
On the matter of hitting the ball hard, it has to be acknowledged that Francisco is not like "lots of guys." That's why we're having this discussion. He's different. I don't have numbers to back this up, but lots of eyeballs have attested that he simply hits the ball harder than anybody else in the system. Much