Re: 9/19/12 - Reds at Cubs
Originally Posted by Kc61
Not going to debate Heisey in depth now. But he has a 3.8% walk rate and a high strikeout rate. He swings at everything. He has this habit of striking out on half swings. He just has very poor plate discipline.
I haven't reviewed his lifetime numbers, but this year Heisey has a very high BABIP which is helping his overall numbers. Not all luck, for sure, but maybe partially luck.
The Reds have enough power. I'd like to see them use CF to get a player who gets on base at a high clip, can bat leadoff. Can set the table for Votto, et al.
That's my basic point. Heisey has good power and plays very hard. But I think there are probably better fits for this team.
All of that is taken into account by his wOBA and OPS. So again, big picture, Heisey is getting it done. His walk rate and such is already being accounted for in his production. So why does it matter? Whether he swings on the first pitch or the 10th pitch, the OPS accounts for the results.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda