Originally Posted by MikeS21
Question is, can LaMarre strike out less often than Stubbs? Actually putting the ball in play would be an upgrade over Stubbs.
Looking at 2012 numbers, Wilson Valdez puts the ball in play in 78.64% of his plate appearances. He has a line of .203/.234/.224 for an OPS of .458.
Drew Stubbs puts the ball in play in 61.81% of his plate appearances. His line is .214/.278/.334 for an OPS of .612.
Drew Stubbs puts the ball in play considerably less and has considerably better production. Something tells me it's a lot more complicated than putting the ball in play.
Even at his worst, Stubbs is better than a lot of the other options out there. I realize it's very frustrating, but it's unfair to say something like, "Actually putting the ball in play would be an upgrade over Stubbs." If you want to go back to the days of Willy Taveras--by all means, have at it. In the meantime, I'll keep my eyes peeled for an upgrade (maybe it's Hamilton or LaMarre), but I'm not going to settle on the first guy that puts the ball in play.