Originally Posted by SpiritofStLouis
Never bought the modern argument that strike outs are overrated. Anything is possible once you put the bat on the ball.
I don't fully buy into it. Inthinknthere are definitely situations where it helps to put the ball in play but others where it's ok to air it out. It's just the latest fad in baseball analysis right now. I remember like 10 years ago how a huge deal was made about how many pitches a hitter can work a pitcher and it was shown the best two perceived teams at the time, the Yankees and Red Sox worked the most pitches. Philosophies change with time. I think the best approach to player and team analysis is taking parts of all of them and not valuing one of them over another or saying that one stat is infallible and supreme to the others, much like I see OPS or wOBA thrown around on here.