Re: Joey Votto: Run Producer
Originally Posted by RedEye
The merits of "protection" are a matter of current debate as far as I understand. No matter though -- Votto's hit tool is already enough for pitchers to avoid giving him anything to hit.
What they've found is that having no/poor protection tends to help your OBP and hurt your SLG. Pretty intuitive, but the "surprising" finding is that it basically comes out in the wash in terms of overall productivity.
In this particular case, it is noteworthy, because BP being poor protection has probably contributed to Votto's high OBP a bit. Or more ironically, BPs overall offensive averageness has contributed to his having so many RBI opportunities -- both as a function of Votto being on base and Votto not having driven more people in himself. If BP were more fearsome a hitter, Votto would probably have more RBI.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.