Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 7/2/12
AP Photo Unsurprisingly, over the past several years Boston has been at the top of baseball in runs scored, hits, homeruns, and walk rate; the 2012 Red Sox are in a similar territory, but with one exception. Boston is  currently 2nd in runs, 4th in hits, 5th in homeruns, but only 23rdin walk rate (they are still 8th in on base percentage, but only because they have the 2nd highest average). Now, it would be easy to say, “who cares that they aren’t taking walks, 2nd in runs scored is all that matters.” However, it is important to remember how beneficial patience at the plate can be. The more pitches that a batter takes, the quicker a starting pitcher is knocked from a game. Also, the more pitches a batter takes, the greater the chances are that they will see a good pitch to hit. It has been found that the pitch following a 1-1 count is the most important in an at bat. The likelihood of a batter reaching base with a 2-1 count is much higher than a batter facing a 1-2 count. Overti...
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