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Here's the thing - You go to bat trying to get a hit or a walk, anything to avoid an out. If someone's in scoring position, or you hit the ball hard enough to hit an HR, you can accumulate RBI. RBI are good because scoring runs is good, but they're merely a byproduct of (1) accomlishing what you're really trying to do and (2) the guy(s) ahead of you doing the same. They aren't a good way of evaluating a player because of (2) which the batter has no control over.
Joey Votto is a great hitter, one of the 2 best in the game today. More RBI doesn't make him better, and fewer doesn't make him worse (it's not his fault he's constantly hit behind guys like Stubbs and Cozart).
(it's not his fault he's constantly hit behind guys like Stubbs and Cozart).
This year it's Choo (.449 OBP) and Cozart (.266 OBP). Which mashed together counts as an ok couple of hitters at the top of the lineup?
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