Originally Posted by dougdirt
Average certainly matters because hits are better than walks. OBP gets more play because it is more important because it takes into account all that a player does at the plate in terms of reaching safely.
The Cardinals are freaks both in their AVG and their insane BABIP with RISP that has produced far more success in scoring runs than should be expected moving forward (they will still be good, because they are a good hitting team, but they aren't this good).
Yes. I would note that the Reds had a very good BA in 2010. But it's been much lower in 2011, 2012, and this year.
And I recognize that OBP adds the element of walks and HBP, and I'm not saying it's unimportant. Frankly, in the OBP department, the Reds number is very good but heavily influenced by two OBP beasts. The Reds group does not incude a large number of high OBP players.
All I'm saying is that we shouldn't forget about BA just because it isn't the flavor of the month. And that I'd like to see the Reds find a way to include a couple of higher BA hitters in the lineup, obviously other than Votto who already is.