Originally Posted by Lewdog
You said Votto had Phillips hitting behind him which was an automatic out. I said that Choo had worse hitters behind him all year in the #2 hole. The numbers prove that.
You can only be good at locating the ball to hitters if you know where to locate it to them. Some like inside pitches, some have a hole on the inside of their swing, some like them low...that takes knowing your opponent.
Choo had a worst hitter directly behind him, but he also had Votto behind him. Votto didn't have anyone close to as good as himself behind him.
As for the other stuff.... that matters, but your catcher knows that stuff too. Heck, some pitchers don't even look into it and let their catcher worry about all of that stuff.