Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
I agree with this. The Reds were seemingly incapable of getting a base hit when they needed one in the post-season during their swoon.
High-OB skills are incredibly important, but the Reds definitely need a few BA-driven OB guys in the lineup.
Originally Posted by Wonderful Monds
Yep. The reported demise of the batting average may have been premature.
Interestingly, the Reds had the highest batting average of any team during the playoffs this year. They scored more runs than any other team in the first round.
The Reds got 15 more hits than the Giants did, and even outhit the Giants in the infamous Game 5.
During the regular season the Reds had a league average batting average (.251) and a better than average slugging percentage (.411). Their OBP (.315) was too low, and only 4 NL teams were worse. The Reds finished 9th in the NL in runs scored.
Batting average does not correlate very well with scoring, certainly nowhere near as well as OBP and SLG do.
The Reds' problem offensively this year was OBP. It didn't help that the lowest OBP hitters spent most of their time at the top of the lineup. If they had batted lower in the lineup it would have led to a better team OBP and more runs scored over the course of the season. If not for Joey Votto the Reds' OBP would have been atrocious, maybe even the worst in the league. Votto's .474 OBP this year was the best in the majors since Barry Bonds' string of steroid-fueled seasons.