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Old 09-06-2019, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Frater Perdurabo View Post
I don’t think want Sox hitters “trying” to take walks as a general rule.

I want them to stop swinging at breaking pitches out of the zone.

If they do this, more walks will come AND they will get better pitches to hit, which means they will get on base more and drive in more runs.
Exactly right, the low walk rates are just a symptom of the underlying problem, not the problem themselves.

Moncada was another player who was supposed to be a high-walk guy, but we saw last year that the patient approach of waiting for the perfect pitch wasn't working as he kept getting behind in counts. This year with his more aggressive approach his walk rate has gone down, but his OBP has gone way up (a 60-point increase in batting average will do that). I don't think anyone would prefer to have the 2018 version back.
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