Re: Batting Average and the Reds
I think with all things being equal, you would rather have somebody hit .320 with a .320 OBP than hit .240 with a .320 OBP.
Look at Bruce this year. His OBP is .006 points below his career average, but his BA is .030 points higher. More hits, you acquire more bases, higher slugging, better than average year for him (so far). Now you could get into an argument over if his numbers this year are sustainable, but looking in a vacuum you would rather have a hit than a walk with all things being equal.
Now, would I rather have a guy who hits .250 with a .370 OBP or a guy who hits .285 with a .320 on base? In that case, I'll sacrifice the BA for the on base. The more guys you get on base, the better.
I think the Reds offensive problems are being magnified right now because they're like 1 for the last 1700 with RISP. Even if they're not a very good team with RISP, that won't continue.
There's a happy medium. You score runs by stringing guys not making outs together, but at the same time you can recognize it does usually take a hit to score runs.
At the end of the day, I'll take the team that gets on base the most when given the opprotunity.
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Last edited by reds44; 07-01-2013 at 04:55 PM.