Originally Posted by Brutus
I'm not big on strikeouts. And I've always thought the purpose of having a bat in the hand is to hit a baseball. So make no mistake, I think there is something to be said for putting the ball in play (though ironically you don't like Chris Heisey for taking that approach). But I see no evidence whatsoever that strikeouts have a big impact on who advances in the postseason.
Chris Heisey has a lifetime 23.8% strikeout rate. Whatever his approach is, he doesn't make contact often enough. And his BB rate is low, so he doesn't compensate that way.
And the point of the Verducci piece is that in the CURRENT environment, which he calls an age of strikeouts, starters and relievers are missing bats, and so contact has become a premium skill. As has hitting to all fields. So older examples from several years ago are less pertinent.