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Re: Are walks undervalued
« Topic Start: January 20, 2011, 08:43:33 AM »
Fun read.  I don't have the time now, but it would be cool to compare what Dunn did last year - swing more, drop his OBP, raise his average - and see if the trade off of hits for walks was worth it.  I think wOBA already does this because it uses weighted values for the outcomes of plate appearances.  It probably incorporates the "A walk is 65% of a hit."*  

I took a quick look at Dunn last year v year before.  Sure enough - average up a lot, ISO and SLG up, walk rate down a lot, Ks up slightly - wOBA drops.

* Imagine a bunch of sabermetric bench chatter, guys clapping their hands, saying that.