Paul Goldschmidt drove in 125 runs. He swung at 62.4% of pitches in the zone.
Joey Votto drove in 73 runs. He swung at 61.6% of pitches in the zone.
In 2011, Votto drove in 103 runs in 2011 when he swung at 62.8% of pitches in the zone.
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.
And again, I'm really not talking about Votto. I've never had a problem with his approach. I'm just talking about hitters in general.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
It's usually the people who have never played professional baseball who complain the loudest about players who walk too much. They just don't seem to realize that baseball is hard.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.
There are two ways to look at the selectivity thing. 1 - The player is a table-setter and his goal is to get on base in front of the middle of the order. The best of these types of hitters augment that ability with speed. 2 - The player is a run-producer and his goal is to identify a pitch to drive. Votto has always been the second type, but this season he performed more like the first type. I've said this many times -- the question is whether it was an aberration or if this is the new normal.
Both types are valuable, but the Reds pretty clearly believed they were getting the second type when they gave Votto his contract.
One thing of note in 2013, his strike out looking percentage was 32%, higher than any time in his career. Also there appeared to be a change in 2012 where he wasn't swinging at as many pitches. His career average is 43% and the last two years were 36% and 39% respectively. Looking at the numbers it appears as if there was a subtle change to Votto's game starting in 2012. I don't know if that started with his knee injury or started at the beginning of the season.
Not all who wander are lost
1st Place: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
2nd Place: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
3rd Place: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
4th Place: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
5th Place: Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
6th Place: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
7th Place: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
8th Place: Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
9th Place: Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
10th Place: Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
I don't mind moving Votto to 2nd, mind you. I just don't think his RBI outcomes should be the reason it happens.
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
"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