With the admission of the Cubs style of approach towards hitting, I tried to correlate it's effectiveness against a selective approach.
Since the ultimate goal to hitting is to see how many runs it produces, I looked at the teams that have scored the most runs each year since 2000 and tried to relate that to various different standards. Here are the results:
Year Team OBP Rank NP Rank
2000 Cle 3 2
2001 Sea 1 3
2002 NYY 1 2
2003 Bos 1 1
2004 Bos 1 1
2005 Bos 1 1
2006 CWS 7 5
While all the teams are AL teams, that's understandable considering the DH rule. However I'll try to do a NL only analysis soon.
One thing is constant. The teams that look at a number of pitches tend to score more runs.
This year the Cubs ranking:
2006 CHC 28 30
To me, the conclusions are obvious and predictable. The more pitches seen leads to a higher OBP which ultimately leads to more runs. Can the Cubs afford any more years of the Baker approach?