Originally Posted by Kc61
No. I mean like the last two World Series had low strikeout teams on both sides.
I mean that NO GOOD can come from swinging and missing.
I mean that the Reds should look at offenses like the Cards and Giants and ask themselves why these teams do well in the post-season.
And the Reds should read Tom Verducci's article on this subject in Sports Illustrated.
That's what I mean.
The Reds' hitters K'd 1266 times this year, compared to the Cards' 1192. A difference of 74 over the entire season - less than half a strikeout per game. Beltran, Holliday and Freese all K'd well over 100 times.
San Fran only K'd 1097 times yet they scored 47 less runs than the Cardinals on the year.
I think people get way too fixated on how outs are made instead of concentrating on avoiding outs in general. Good hitters with good OBP make good offenses, whether they K at a decent clip or not.
And I'd much prefer a guy strike out than to hit into a double play. Yes I know that's grasping at straws, but there is a tiny bit of out prevention from striking out. I want the Reds to make less outs in general, I could care less how they accomplish that.