Re: FO, take notice and act quickly
posted at 5/16/2013 11:20 PM EDT
In response to ampoule's comment:
1) I'd rather have a K than a DP.
Moon, are you saying that it's not better to put the ball into play? K's are overated? As compared to what?
2) Think about how many times a ball put in play for an out actually moves a runner over.
3) Then, think about how many times that runner who was moved over by an out ends up scoring.
4) Then, think about how many times that runner who was moved over by an out and scored a run made a difference in a win or a loss.
Yes, I am saying putting the ball in play for an out is pretty darn close to a K. The GIDP factor just about evens out the times advancing a runner matters.
Yes: K's are over-rated.
Now, if you have a horrible fielding team, it helps to have pitchers who strike out a lot of opps, or conversely, if we are playing a poor fielding team, it helps to put the ball in play.
Here's my take:
I'll take Salty's 35% K rate this year coupled with his .330 OBP over last year's 31% K rate and .288 OBP.
I'm not saying K rate is useless, I'd take a 31% K rate and .330 OBP over a 31% K rate and .288 OBP. However, I think I'd take a 32% K rate and .289 OBP over a 31% K rate&/.288 OBP.