Originally Posted by traderumor
Scott Rolen in the lineup and at 3b is better than Francisco/Cairo/Janish/Valiaka? It is a difference like Rose/Foster was better than Vukovich/Rose. I don't think that needs much research and documentation if you follow the sport.
But traderumor, the question is not, does Rolen make the Reds better when he is in the lineup, that is a simple question.
The question is based on the fact that we have a 5.0 WAR player, but based on W-L, he is more like a 20+ (or more) WAR player. Of course that is absurd and there is luck involved, but is there more than meets the eye to it?