osforlife wrote:Obviously, Baltimore does not bunt regularly. It's actually debatable whether or not a bunt is a productive accomplishment early in the game. I think it's valuable when playing for a tie or win, but early in the game, a team might as well play for the big inning. So they don't bunt, but that being said, you say they don't manufacture runs well.
I'm not a big advocate of the bunt unless it's for a base hit. A sacrifice bunt is something almost everyone KNOWS is coming so it has a low probability of success. If the batter hits the ball to the right side of the infield they still have a chance of getting a hit or moving the runner. Hitters with that kind of skill set are usually good hit and runs guys. Notice how we don't seem to do that very much.
osforlife wrote:they are actually 4th in runs, 3rd in OPS, 26th in strikeouts, 12th in sac flies, and 3rd in OPS with RISP.
Yes, and we win games 10 to 3 and lose too many games 5 to 4.
osforlife wrote:A strikeout cannot hit a runner in, yes, but many contact outs don't hit the runner in either. I'd rather have a good hitter who strikes out(Mike Morse), than a bad hitter(Brian Roberts) who supposedly knows how to hit behind the runner, and it's not even in question honestly.
Right now we have six spots in our batting order with bad to horrible OBP; C, SS, CF, 2B, DH, and RF. Adam Jones can improve his OBP if he accepts he's hurting the team and focuses on fixing the problem. 2B and DH might improve with new players, and Markakis might figure out his problems. I don't see Hardy or Wieters making big improvements unless they have career years. If three of those positions have an OBP of .350 and everything else stays the same next year then we'll be OK. Four or more below that number and we're going to need to overcompensate some where else.