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They live in the world of numbers. What number measures the runs he saves? The hits he takes away, practically nightly? The outs he creates? Is there a SABRE-fact for that?
If you’re going to laud the ability of Choo and Votto to score runs and get on base, why no love for BP’s ability to drive them in?
I can't imagine any one that watches the Reds nightly would say with the game on the line "yep, I'd rather have Brandon Phillips up than Joey Votto."
So how long does the "Zack Cozart hitting #2" thing go on? That seems really stupid.
What about his ability to bat anywhere in the top six in the lineup? Would Choo be Choo if he had to hit cleanup? Maybe. We don’t know. He hasnt been asked. Phillips has.
Doesnt BP’s RBI prowess make Votto and Choo look good, same as their ability to get aboard makes BP’s RBI total look impressive?
Oddly, even on a player's day off, Dusty likes to plug the sub into the same lineup spot as the starter
Frank Thomas didn't lead the league in a single category in his first MVP season and his second featured just 38 HR and 101 RBI.
wlw is a powerful medium in reds country. at some point it may actually be picked up by reds fans
Is there a SABRE-fact for that?
What is this guy, Canadian or something?
Just as an FYI, Joey now has more hr and the same # of xbh as Brandon. The bum
Joey's on pace to break the Reds Times on Base record by 57 (368!), and Brandon is on pace for 141 RBI. Still do not see how anyone cannot see that those are not related.
Brandon Phillips -- PA: 204 RBI: 40 Actual Runners on Base: 166 (88-54-24),
ML Avg. Player with PA: 204 RBI: 21 Avg. Runners on Base: 121 (60-39-20)
Most Driven In: Z Cozart 10, S Choo 10, Self 8, J Votto 8,
If scoring history were a little different, I can see a batter being credited a differential fraction of RBI for the base where his scoring runner started: i.e. more credit for a runner driven in from first than from third, and most for a home run. Not all RBIs are the same, in the sense that a run is always a single man touching the plate. But even with Runs, baseball offers the counterintuitive but common scenario that you can score a Run after making an out, so not all Runs really mark the same contribution to scoring, either.
Damdest thing I ever saw was Larry Walker's 3 run, game 7 walk off homer to beat Robert Hernandez and the White Sox. Partly because of the way it bounced off Tim Raines' glove first (fulfilling the expectations of Expo fans who always thought he'd help them win a series) and partly because it was the second straight series ending homer by an oufielder on a Canadian team.
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