Originally Posted by mth123
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.
Teams without a league average LF can't win?
Garret Anderson had a .705 OPS. His team went 86-76.
Alfonso Soriano had a .726 OPS. His team went 83-78.
Lewis/Velez were both below .740. Their team went 88-74.
Of course there are also guys like Willingham/Dunn, Sheffield/Pagan, Braun, and Lee who 'raked' and all had losing records, with only Braun being on a team that even sniffed .500.
Teams win or lose because the set of players is good or bad. One position or guy isn't making or breaking a team, even if they are Willy Taveras type bad.