Re: Lutz going on?
The saying goes:
Coddle thy pitchers, but challenge thy hitters.
My own addendum is:
When a pitcher appears ready, he's ready. When a hitter appears ready, he may not be.
I think Lutz may not be ready. He's just feasting on the league trying to figure him out. The real talent in the majors is being able to adjust, both mentally and with technique, to the way the opposition tries to get you out. When Lutz has the tools and mental capability to adjust, he'll be ready. That may be right now, but I doubt it. He probably needs more seasoning.
Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.