Re: Postseason Scoreboard watching....
Originally Posted by Kc61
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.
Regardless, you've stated very clearly that philosophically you don't care for hitters swinging early in the count. So you can't have it both ways... if you don't like strikeouts, then you need to give a little on swinging early. Because like it or not, if you are patient and go up there taking pitches, you're going to strike out a lot more generally speaking.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda