On this afternoon's Mike Murphy Show on WSCR, Steve Stone said he'd rather see Alfonso Soriano lead off the first inning with a walk than with a home run.
Walking Soriano forces the starter to pitch from the stretch--after he has presumably been throwing solely from the windup while loosening in the bullpen--and increases the likelihood of a big inning more than if he just gives up the solo homer and goes back to the windup for the #2 hitter. Also, Stone reasons, the pitcher wouldn't have to deal with the distraction of the speedy Soriano on first.
I know either Bill James or Baseball Prospectus has debunked the notion that having a runner on first significantly impacts a pitcher's ability to retire subsequent hitters, but I've never heard the rest of Stone's argument phrased quite that way.
Am I the only person who thinks his logic is daft?