Re: Reds Sign Fred Lewis
Originally Posted by Homer Bailey
Less Gomes vs. RHP, and very cheap. I'm guessing it's going to be him and Renteria hitting 1-2 in front of Votto.
Do we have any idea why his walk rate dipped last year? I'd love to see him post his OBP #'s from his SF era:
Bill James projecting him at a .353 OBP and a .338 wOBA. I can get behind this, assuming his defense is league average or better, and the decline in his numbers isn't indicative of an actual decline.
I don't know if this is the reason, but Toronto coaching staff has advocating a swing hard philosophy. They may have encouraged a more aggressive approach. Though we're only talking about something like 8-10 walks. Could be a bit of random variation.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.