Posted by burnsy483 on 2/12/2014 1:25:00 PM (view original):
Posted by burnsy483 on 2/12/2014 12:18:00 PM (view original):...
Posted by burnsy483 on 2/12/2014 9:47:00 AM (view original):You forgot about this. You know, your original argument.
Can you explain how Edgar Martinez was too patient in spots where he should have been looking to drive in runs above all else, relative to other elite sluggers? You haven't shown any evidence of that.
I've tried to stick to EM because he's the player we're talking about. As I've said MANY times, the players who hit behind him were not good hitters. You've said, several times, "But -insert player name- walked just as much!!!" My response was "If we want to compare the batters who hit behind him to the ones that hit behind EM, please make a list." You have not done so.
My point, all along, was that I felt EM could have been more valuable to the Mariners by being a tad less selective at the plate. I'm not going to attempt to guess how many pitches he took per season but he walked 100ish times per 162. That's at least 400 pitches we know, without question, that he took. Let's just assume he took a simple 20% of that in strikes. 80 pitches taken for strikes. Let's say a huge amount of those strikes were of the unhittable variety(64 pitches). So, in summation, he could have hit 16 pitches hard but he chose to take them. I think this is a low number but I'll run with it. Had he put 16 balls in plays instead of walking, maybe he gets 5 hits. I think, given the make-up of Seattle's line-up, that would have been preferred over 16 walks.