Re: Joey Votto: Run Producer
Originally Posted by RedEye
But if RBI is basically a team stat, then it doesn't matter that much for overall run production, right? I mean, wouldn't we rather have Votto with high OBP (better out avoidance) than a lot of RBI? The logic would be that either way BP is going to be his average self, so he might as well use that average-ness to drive in runs from a sublimely out-avoiding Votto. Right? Or maybe I'm getting that confused.
The point is that having "protection" doesn't make you a better hitter and not having protection doesn't make you a less productive hitter.
The bigger point we should take away is that managers should stop worrying about protecting certain guys and trying to make certain kinds of production happen and instead simply worry about giving the best hitters the most plate appearances.
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.