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Can Someone Please Tell Me How / Why Chris Iannetta Leads The Team In OBP?


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Contrary to what many people believe players have some control over how often they walk. It's largely not that pitchers throw more strikes to certain guys and pitch around other players. Ianetta is patient and allows pitchers to walk him.

It would be nice if this rubbed off on the rest of the team. Then again, I was hoping that would happen when Abreu had good plate discipline during the Hacker days.

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Catching Hanson doesn't help. I swear any of the Molina brothers could steal off him.

 

Most of this pitching staff has been pretty awful at holding runners, but ya, Hanson is pretty much the poster boy for that.

 

I'm nowhere near playing shape, but I feel like I would have a shot at swiping a base with Hanson on the mound.

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I think Pujols & Hamilton should take note! 

Point taken, but then if those players are trying to walk wouldn't they get crucified for not driving in runs?

 

I think the credo in baseball is to be aggressively smart. I'm sure you didn't mean it this way, but I don't want those guys trying to walk.

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Most of our starting pitchers didn't come through the farm system. I'm also not sure how much of it is holding runners on and how much is having a slow delivery. I'd rather have the guys using their regular delivery if it means pitching better and increasing the chance of getting the batter out than speeding up his delivery to try to save a base.

 

Do we not place any importance in developing holding runners on as a positive?

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Point taken, but then if those players are trying to walk wouldn't they get crucified for not driving in runs?

 

I think the credo in baseball is to be aggressively smart. I'm sure you didn't mean it this way, but I don't want those guys trying to walk.

That sounds like something Hatcher would say. When Albert was dominate with the Cards, his OBP was well over .400. He was hitting over .300, but he was also walking a ton. Last year his OBP was only .343 and this year it's down to .320.

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