Posted by MikeT23 on 8/26/2013 2:24:00 PM (view original):
And getting from third to home is more important than either of those.
Honestly, this is where new school statnerds and old school baseball fall apart. It's also why the RBI is still viewed as important by some. Let's say it took 70 hits from Mattingly to get those 140+ RBI. Would the Yanks have been better served if he worked 50 walks and 20 hits instead? Of course not.
Actually, it isn't. Once you're on third, the likelihood is fairly high that you will score. Getting from home to first is by far the largest run value.
Regarding Mattingly, he gets credit for the 70 hits. Why give him extra credit because someone in front of him got on base?