Originally Posted by TSJ55
And you're assuming that several more opportunities to score will come about. That also is not a promise. Just because a player doesn't get a "pitch to hit" doesn't mean he's gonna walk. Hitters don't hit "pitcher's pitchers" very often and they are strikes. Players don't walk on "pitcher's pitches".
My hitting philosophy is pretty simple.
Before 2 strikes, only swing at pitches you can do damage with.
With two strikes, only swing at pitches in the strikezone.
Players don't hit well on pitches outside of the strikezone. Don't expand it trying to make something happen.
My assumption from before is pretty simple: I would rather a hitter, no matter the scenario unless it is a tie game at home in the 9th or later or a game on the road in the 9th or later with a 1-run deficit or a tie game, to follow the same hitting philosophy laid out above in this post. It will lead to better contact, and thus more hits and thus more runs than swinging at less desirable pitches simply because someone is standing on third base.