Originally Posted by HometownHero
When you have BABIP that low you are having terrible luck any way you want to look at it. Bautista is a .264 hitter with the Jays he just hits HR after changing his swing and Encarnacion done nothing special there until this one season and they got Rasmus to hit HR as well.
We don't have the money to get drama free talent unless we draft it or the come in at rock bottom like Ludwick. For the Reds to win a WS they need to hit on high talented players who have other issues. That's why we need to strike on players like Melky, Escobar and Rasmus.
We got an amazing year out of out pitching and a massive run from Ludwick even if we bring the same team back we're not likely to get the same results, so if we sit on our hands we will be spending next October watching the Cards try for another run since we are losing some easy wins losing Houston and picking up more games with St Louis.
Winning creates chemistry and kills drama, even if we keep the same team and lose you will hear about all the issues.
Your comment about BABIP is just simply untrue. Rasmus has an infield flyball rate of 15%. In other words, he pops out to the infield 15% of the time. Those are automatic outs. There is a nearly 0% chance of getting on base hitting an infield fly ball. Stubbs has an infield flyball rate of 7.5%. There is your .75 difference in BABIP between the 2 of them. Stubbs' speed also gives him a higher rate of infield hits than the average player, causing a higher BABIP.
My point on Encarnacion and Bautista is they have none of these same problems in the big, bad, AL East.
I never once said "keep the same team". Not once. And I just wholeheartedly disagree that it's impossible to pick up drama free talent on this team.