Originally Posted by Brutus
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.
I think you may be confusing my views on Heisey with my views generally.
I have nothing against a hitter with good plate discipline swinging early in the count.
Heisey had a 66.9% first strike ratio according to Fangraphs. That's worse than all other Reds except for pitchers, Negron, Phipps, and Mesoraco.
I have criticized Chris' early count swinging because he appears overly aggressive on the first pitch. As a result he is often behind in the count, he strikes out much, he walks rarely. Not a contact hitter, subpar plate discipline. (Good power and hustle, though.)