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11-15-2012, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by FLYguy3911 View Post
The Phillies actually didn't strike out that much in relation to the rest of the league- 4th fewest. Only Cleveland, Minnesota, and KC had fewer (some of the worst teams in the league). It's partly because they don't walk and get deep into counts. And strikeouts aren't as bad as people make them out to be. Seven of the top ten teams in strikeouts were playoff caliber teams. With strikeouts generally comes production- RBIs and walks (there are exceptions). Now you can't have a team loaded with strikeout guys, but 2 or 3 isn't always bad.

As far as him not getting on base, I mentioned this in a post a few months ago, but BJ Upton has one of the strangest careers you will ever see from year-to-year. He's had two .380+ OBP seasons and hasn't been close since. Will he ever get there again? Probably not because his batting average on balls in play hasn't been anywhere close to those seasons, but he's not a sub .300 OBP guy either. His walk rate dipped to a career low 7% last year. His career rate is almost 11%. It's pretty obvious he changed his approach last year. I think you can expect him to get closer to his career rate than last seasons rate. He also provides the threat on the bases that we lack without Victorino. He's a pretty good fielder with a cannon of an arm and he's supposedly in the prime of his career.

As far as CF options, there aren't as many as people think. Hamilton isn't a long term CF option. Cody Ross and Melky Cabrera aren't CF's. That leaves Bourn, Upton, Victorino, and Pagan.
Even if you swing and strike out, you at least swung at the ball to try to do something with it instead of just watching it or doing nothing... unless that's the wrong kind of thinking?

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