I would be curious to know what the average number of RBIs across the NL this year from the third spot in the lineup. When David Wright went down a few days ago, he had 54 RBIs and McCutchen has 65 RBIs. With Votto coming in at 52, he isn't that far off at all. Also of note, the 3 players I mentioned also are 3 of the 5 position players in the NL with a WAR above 5. I couldn't imagine how bad the Reds would suck if they had Wright and McCutchen on this team and their lack of RBI production.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
But of course that didn't fit the narrative back then, now did it?
Votto's going to have a 12 rbi game and there will be lots of "are ya happy NOW!?!?"
This was very surprising, but whoever was on WLW at about 6:30 made very good arguments why focusing on the RBI stat is a fool's game. He used the example of the first inning, when Joey did not get an RBI because he hit the ball too hard to score the runner from second, but Bruce got an RBI because he just barely beat out the relay throw on a weak grounder to SS.
At this point, it is about as absurd as complaining about Adam Dunn's sacrifice fly streak back in the lost decade.
Can't win with 'em
Can't win without 'em
I really like ESPN's attempt at the well hit average stat. Instead of just looking at BABIP lets truly look at each at bat and see if he hit it well or not. Seems like a good start.
Cabrera gets a big help by having Fielder hitting behind him. Pitchers have a fear of Prince, not so much of Phillips. I'd like to see if Votto got pitched differently if Bruce had a couple hundred atbats hitting behind Votto a season, instead of a handful of games.
...the 2-2 to Woodsen and here it comes...and it is swung on and missed! And Tom Browning has pitched a perfect game! Twenty-seven outs in a row, and he is being mobbed by his teammates, just to the thirdbase side of the mound.