Originally Posted by rdiersin
But your example of a team that does those situational aspects well, the Nats, don't actually do them well. They don't hit well with RISP.
He'll continue to ignore the truth of that matter because he began the thread with an inaccurate conclusion caused by lack of research.
"The Nats are beating the pythag thus they must not be striking out much and must be very good situationally on offense."
That's the premise but no effort was made to actually determine whether or not it was true.
Then we find out that the Nats strike out a bunch and have progressively higher K rates as the situation "intensity" increases while we see a degradation of BA and Slugging (the true RBI component). They don't bunt more often situationally than the average team. They're the worst Stolen Base team in the National League.
And that's the problem. There's really no research done beyond what makes "sense" to BF. Because he believes strikeouts are the Devil, any team not reputed to be a power club offensively is assumed to be a low-K team that's exceptionally good at "smallball" components and "situational" hitting.
It's a witch hunt and, as with all witch hunts, actual facts are either glossed over, obfuscated, or completely ignored if they don't jibe with the belief system of the accuser.