Re: Lyle Overbay Signed to a Minor League Deal by Red Sox
posted at 2/2/2013 8:43 PM EST
In response to Drewski5's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Now if you have a masher at 3B, LF, RF, you can get away w/ a high OBP, athletic, defensive 1b. However, the Red Sox, as currently constructed, do not have sufficient team power to get away with a 15 HR first baseman.
You really need 2 30 HR guys, and 3 other 20 HR guys (or elite pitching)
I agree, but if Cecchini can hit 15-18 HRs, it's not like he has zero HRs. (AGon had only 18 last year.)
Cecchini has 55 2B+3B in about 650 PAs on the farm (.446 Slg%). That can drive in a lot of runs as well, but he will not likely be batting 3-6th.
Its about the rest of our team. If in 2014 David Ortiz is still playing at a high level, Middlebrooks is hitting 25+, we find a couple of corner outfielders (internally or externally) hitting 25+, then I would be open to the idea of a non power hitting first baseman.
However, as Ive said. You need to have either mashers in teh middle, or 20 HR hitts 2-7 in your lineup. Power is so important. I think its the second most important element to team construction (behind only starting pitching).
Out of the 5 teams with the most highest slg % last year (NYY, Tex, Mil, Col, LAA) , 4 were also top 5 of runs scored. The only team that wasnt in the top 5 (Col) was sixth.
The Yankees were 8th in BA last year, but were first in HR, 2nd in runs scored. San Fran was fifth in average, but 12th in runs scored.
HR > Average.
The problem with average is many things need to go right to create one run. You need a hit. Then a steal. Then another hit. Or a hit with 0 outs. A sacrifice. Another hit.
HR's are instant runs (and often more than one at a time).
2012 San Francisco Giants -- 102 HR (last in the MLB)
2011 St. Louis Cardinals -- 162 HR (13th in MLB)
2010 San Francisco Giants -- 162 HR (10th in MLB)
2009 NYY -- 244 HR (1st in MLB)
2008 PHI -- 235 HR (2nd in MLB)
2007 BOS -- 166 HR (18th in MLB)
2006 STL -- 184 HR (12th in MLB)
2005 CWS -- 200 HR (5th in MLB)
2004 BOS -- 220 HR (5th in MLB)
2003 FLA -- 157 HR (18th in MLB)
Power is overrated. Of the last ten WS winners;
:: 4 were in the top 5 for HRs over the season
:: 1 more broke the top ten
:: 2 were just in the top half of MLB, but didn't break the top 10
:: 3 were in the bottom half, and one of those was dead last.
That's not to say that lots of HRs don't help; obviously they do. But it shows that many teams go all the way with average HR numbers, or even really low HR numbers.