Originally Posted by mth123
I think what is being ignored here is KC's original premise that this team needs some diversification of its skillset. Its not necessarily that Mickey Slaphitter is better than Jack Slugger. The problem is that the Reds have a team filled with Jack Sluggers and there isn't a Mickey Slaphitter to be found. I know this, I just watched the Reds leave a small army on base in Games 3, 4 and 5 of the series they lost to the Giants. Two outs and a runner on second, I'd much rather have Mickey Slaphitter up there to get the run home than I would Jack Slugger. Increased ability to get a hit would seem to mean increased ability to get the hit. A walk doesn't do much good in the situation I just sighted. Its simply adds another runner to be left on base. Getting a hit on the other hand....
I agree with this.
The Reds simply are good at SLG and not good at OBP/BA. They need more OBP/BA. It will provide better balance to the offense. Best case scenario, they add the OBP/BA without reducing SLG, or reducing it very slightly.
As for the difference between OBP and BA, it becomes less meaningful when you consider that most high BA hitters have good OBPs. Of the top qualified 50 BA hitters in baseball this year, only two had OBPs below .330.
IMO, the Reds offense has too many right handed hitters who hit for fair to good power but are low OBP/BA guys. It's not a well diversified offense.
Also, I commend to all of you recent writings by Tom Verducci of SI. He views this as an age of strikeouts where teams that put the ball in play succeed in key games. I find his writing on this subject persuasive. He even quotes Joey Votto's comments for support.