Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
If they walk Votto after a Hamilton steal, the Reds will have more people on base. More people on base means more scoring opportunities. I really think it's that simple, mth.
If other teams are willing to concede a 1000 OBP to Votto with a runner on second, the Reds should be ecstatic. A free baserunner is worth more than the potential for an extra base hit. As good as Joey is, he 'only' gets an extra-base hit in 11% of his plate appearances. Bumping his OBP up by 585 points (versus his career average of 415) is worth WAY more than that 11% chance that he gets an extra-base hit.