RugbyD wrote: Yoda wrote:
RugbyD wrote:I was thinking the same thing yesterday when Keith Law called 'protection' a myth in his chat yesterday. I'm inclined to take his word for it despite Braun's performance in that regard.
Did he provide any data to support his claim? You would think that pitchers would pitch around you if the guy on deck doesn't seem like much of a threat.
He hit almost equally well with/without runner on base. Also he only had 44 ABs as the clean up hitter and maybe he was facing mostly righties who he has a tougher time against?
Didn't offer specifics, but I can see in this case how it could be true. I don't think a pitcher would want to put someone on base for Fielder any more than they would want to throw strikes to Braun.
As I said, I'd like to see some data before believing that. I do think protection is overrated (see my years of posts regarding MCab) but still, if you ahve a guy who hits 50 HRs right behind you versus a replacement level player, I would think that you would get some better pitches to hit.
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