Originally Posted by Edd Roush
I would prefer to see Stubbs trade in some slugging for OBP. Obviously, it's not as easy as him flipping a switch, but the OBP is much more valuable in the lead-off spot than slugging. That being said, if Stubbs continues to hit HRs perhaps this will help him to sustain his OBP and pitchers may be less willing to throw him strikes which may even raise his OBP.
If he were to sustain this stat line for the rest of his career, I believe he should start every day, but there is no way I want a .300 OBP in the lead-off spot. If he stays a .300/.450/.750 hitter his entire career, the 7 or 8 spot would serve him well. Gotta love that defense though.
Agreed. Ideally, if he can improve the On-Base percentage without losing any power, then the more the merrier. But I'm happy with a .760 OPS if he can bring up the rate of avoiding outs. If he keeps the power and brings up the OBP (which would put him over an .800 OPS), that's even better.
I don't normally crave so much for a prototypical lead-off guy. But after several years of sheer hilarity at the top of the Reds' order, I pine for seeing a legit .360-.400 OBP speedster up there as a table-setter. Stubbs has a chance to fit that description (while adding quite a bit of pop to boot).