Guys, guys — four balls gets you to first base
I know, it’s spring training. But the M’s lost to Texas today and whiffed six times while taking one walk.
They’re not the highest strikeout team, but they’re the lowest walk team (Colorado took five today). They take one walk for every four times they K. The Reds, who as I write this lead baseball in spring training strikeouts, are at 1:2.5.
Strikeouts aren’t so much worse than other outs that they alone should be cause for concern. But they’re just hacking and missing so far this spring training, and I’m starting to get a little concerned about the approach.