This year, the Red Sox have the 4th-lowest walk rate (7.67%) in the league, ahead of only Texas (7.5%), LAA (7.0%) and Kansas (6.8%). They haven't been lower than top 3 or 4 in the past decade. It doesn't seem to be affecting the offense directly - they're 2nd in runs scored and batting average, behind Texas, and ranked 3rd in OPS, behind NYY and Texas. They're also as patient as ever, at 3.95 P/PA, 2nd in the league behind, who else, Oakland. So - what's the deal? There's been some talk the past few years that the Sox emphasized OBP too
much. Call it the J.D. Drew problem, where your RBI are going to be lower than expected if your OPS is tied up too much in walks. Is this a fluke? A conscious decision? Or just the result of having a bunch of hackers (Aviles, Salty, Sweeney)?
edit: Incidentally, team P/PA isn't really predictive of team OBP (positive, but non-significant correlation this year), but Boston has one of the lowest BB:P/PA ratio. Seattle and Cleveland lead the league in that category, whatever that means.
Edited by kieckeredinthehead, 29 May 2012 - 01:11 AM.