Originally Posted by TheNext44
One player is never the problem. One player only represents 11% of an offense per game, much less over the whole season. If there is a decent lineup around him, he really shouldn't drag them down that much. I think it was all the things you mentioned happening at the same time.
Sometimes not even two is a problem. The Orioles in the 70's had Mark Belanger (.580 OPS) and Rick Dempsey (.666 OPS) playing nearly everyday, and were around a league average offense every year, and made the playoffs nearly every year.
So the question remains, could the Reds have put up a record like they did over the past 6 weeks with Willy T in CF? The man is getting paid $4M a year. Walt and Dusty were the guys who signed him off the scrap heap. Stubbs has options and if he doesn't have a great ST, he might be the one going to LOU.
Could we get the stats guys on this? Project what the rest of the lineup did over the past 6 weeks and plug Willy T.'s numbers for the season - or career, if you like - in there instead of Stubbs and see what the record would be.
Stubbs is much better than Willy T both offensively and defensively. I'm not going to even get into the Dickerson debate because he has trouble staying healthy and I don't think the Reds are high on him. I think they might carry him as an extra OFer but I wouldn't be surprised if they trade him.