Originally Posted by Wonderful Monds
If we had a 300 hitting second slot hitter who could OBP 350 plus, that would be undeniably better than player hitting 250/350. If we have a lead off hitter on first, having someone who can pick up hits more consistently helps move that runner along better than a walk. If you have runners on the corners instead of first and second in front of the heart of the order, there are so many more ways you can score.
You have to figure in how many times that extra contact erases both the runner on base and the hitter (double plays). It cancels out the benefit of the batting average improvement.