Re: Striking out
posted at 5/16/2013 9:09 PM EDT
In response to pinstripezac35's comment:
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
The possibility of reaching on an error is not the only benefit of putting the ball in play. You might get a base hit, even an extra base hit. You could make an out , but move up a runner. Maybe a sac fly. The double play would usually only occur with a runner on first base and less than two outs. It is kind of hard to justify a strikeout by saying " at least he didn't hit into a double play."
guess you weren't a sox fan when boggs and rice played ;-)
I was never trying to justify a K
just saying they are as bad as some say
not relevent but I always found this don mattinly quote interesting
he said he wished he struck out more
what he meant was he wished he swung & missed more
because then he could get anthor pitch in that AB
rather than just getting a piece and hitting the ball weekly
Of course. It is always better to put the ball in play than to strike out. That's automatic.
The question is whether one type of out is better than another type, which it isn't.
Taking it one step further, you create more wear and tear on the pitchers arm if you strike out.
IRT the RS, while we are #2 in the league is Ks, we are also #2 in the league in walks, which contributes to #2 in OBP.
Or, compared to our chief rival, the RS have 57 more Ks and 31 more walks, which seems pretty reasonable.