Originally Posted by Raisor
No, I understand that.
What I'm saying is that I can't decide if a higher batting average and less homers is better than a lower batting average and more homers if those are the only things we're looking at.
I need to know how those affect his OBP and his SLG.
If it's a wash, then I don't care.
If it causes his OPS to go up, then I'm all for it.
If it causes his OPS to go down, then I'm not in favor of it.
I agree that it's a matter of what one prefers. Clearly, the organization preferred that power with Bench. I know Walt loves Left-handed Power hitters.
It's probably much easier to get a higher OPS w/ pulling the ball, as the homeruns skyrocket the slugging percentage. But, Bruce is notoriously known for hitting a lot of solo homeruns, warranted or not. What good is the slugging percentage if those four total bases are producing only one run?
I believe Bruce will hit above the .850 OPS mark this season whether he pulls the ball or not. He's just loaded with way too much talent not to do this at his current age.