Originally Posted by mth123
Here is one on a tee for many of you, but I never really bought the explanation. Maybe something new and different can help me out. Can anyone explain why Strike-outs are the most important thing for a pitcher but are "just another out" for a hitter?
This is an interesting asymmetry, and I'm finding the series of posts here fun and intriguing to think about. If we put aside thinking about major league statistics for a moment and think just about the game itself, we can see it's not true that "strike outs are the most important thing for a pitcher but just another out for a hitter."
The quoted statement assumes certain levels of competence. Avoiding strike outs is absolutely the most important thing for the hitter; all good outcomes depend on his establishing his ability to avoid the strikeout (obviously no pitcher competent to throw the ball over the plate walks or hits a batter who is perceived to have no chance to hit the ball.) Hitting the ball is thus absolutely important for the hitter. Inducing the strikeout is not absolutely important to the pitcher, for there are many other ways to get the hitter out.
Perhaps a beginning.