...for Frenchy? I'm beginning to think so.
When Frenchy swings at the first one to three pitches in an AB, he seems aggressive and certain of what he's looking for. Last night isn't the only time I've seen him become a weaker, more indecisive hitter the longer he goes in an AB.
Is it possible that all of the drilling Jeff got after the '06 and '07 seasons have caused havoc with his approach? Everyone wanted him to get some walks, push that number up to reach some alleged ideal but that might very well have cost him EVERY OTHER STATISTIC in the process.
I have no numbers or research to support this right now. It dawned on me last night and it's something I'm going to be watching through the season. If Frenchy wants to be a free-swinging #6 hitter in the lineup with 20-30 homers and 100 RBI's, but doesn't walk at the clip of an "elite" player then I'll take it. I think the stat obsession with OBP and walks have ruined a power hitter.
Of course, the man rocked a dinger last night too, so...