I mean, sure, it would be great to have a team full of guys who hit well with runners in scoring position, but that’s not really realistic in this day and age. Most pitching is too good; most guys are throwing nasty stuff. It’s hard to string a bunch of hits or productive outs together.
It’s much easier to wait for a mistake and mash it instead of trying to play small ball. The stats don’t lie: The teams who hit the most home runs are almost always the most successful.
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Above is the 2022 team batting table. Eight of the top 10 home run-hitting teams made the playoffs, including the champion Astros (4th) and NL pennant-winning Phillies (6th).
The Reds finished 19th in home runs despite playing 80 games in the easiest park in MLB to hit home runs. Yes, it helps to have speed and have guys who can hit situationally, but if you don’t have power bats, it’s very, very difficult to win in this era of baseball.
It’s true, it’s true. Trust me …