Re: Should the Reds rein in Billy Hamilton?
I think we sometimes forget that the game is just a part of a guy's daily routine. I'd be willing to bet that he exerts himself much more in his prep than in his game action. From a percentage standpoint, I'm not sure cutting back the SB attempts will materially affect his workload.
That said, I'd be having him dial it back from the standpoint of being more judicious about the situations he steals in so that he doesn't come up and run the Reds out of innings against the tougher competition.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.