Re: Brandon Phillips Batting 2nd
Originally Posted by smixsell
When a good situational hitter (typically a subset of contact hitters good contact hitters are more likely to be good situational hitters, but not always) comes up with a man on first he will simply try and slap/drive a single the other way (in which case he is fooled less by the pitch because he is waiting longer to commit) or where the defense is weak (1B-2B hole if runner held on or in the hole vacated by the likely cover guy). A good situational hitter has a big advantage in these situations.
I'm sorry, but I just don't see how that is the case. How is intentionally hitting the ball on the ground going to decreaes the likelyhood of a double play?
"On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."