Originally Posted by dougdirt
If Todd could OPS .810 in left field he would be better than league average at the plate for the position. To suggest that isn't good enough is flat out incorrect.
It might be better than league average, but its not good enough to have a winning team. League average has a lot of ABs by late inning defensive replacements and subpar players on last place teams figured into the mix. A starting left fielder on a contender needs to be better than that. A lot better frankly.
Starting NL LF outside of Cincy:
Lewis .738 and Velez .708
Smith .889 and Gonzalez .878
Say what you will about league average, but teams with LFers who don't "rake" generally point towards lack of offense as a primary reason for missing the play-offs or being bad teams. A guy with an .810 OPS would be serviceable in LF. Winning teams are usually a lot better.