Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
In your example of Games 3, 4 and 5 of the playoffs it seems to me that the Reds were playing more like Mickey Slapper than Jack Slugger. They were getting plenty of singles (12 hits in game 5 but only 4 runs). The problem with a singles hitter like Mickey Slapper is that you have to get at least 2 and likely 3 singles in the same inning just to score one run. With extra-base hits you can score much more quickly and are much more likely to score multiple runs. The reason the Reds left so many runners on base in those games was because they were only hitting singles. You need to mix in some extra base hits if you want to score enough runs to win.
I haven't read the whole thread, but is anybody saying that a ballclub should have ALL singles hitters or ALMOST all singles hitters? I doubt it. I'm not.
You need a mixture. The Reds mix is poor IMO. They need more OBP and BA guys. To go ALONG with the power they already have.
It's a matter of balance.