Originally Posted by PuffyPig
A .player who strikes out a lot doesn't suddenly become a lesser hitter in the playoffs just because he strikes out a lot.
It's not the playoffs. It's the caliber of pitching in the playoffs.
I think Verducci's point, with which I agree, is that when facing tough playoff pitching the ability to make contact, to use the whole field, to avoid strikeouts, becomes critical.
There are exceptions. Last night Verlander didn't have it and the long ball cost him.
But as a general matter, I do agree that contact hitters have an important role. I think the Reds could use more of them.