Originally Posted by Maestro
We've had this argument before. Give me the power hitter, slugger and run producer's value over the prototypical leadoff man. That entire Boston lineup is built around Middlebrooks. The Angels lineup is built around Pujols. Does that mean Trout can't hit 3rd or 4th when his speed evaporates and he matures? No. And unsustainable production? Middlebrooks has a hit in every game this year but 10 of the games he's played in.
And Pods, Nova, Avilles are all very mediocre players. Not even top 15 in their positions.
Stop thinking in fantasy baseball terms. I'm not saying Nava and Aviles are as good as Middlebrooks, I'm saying Middlebrooks being the sole reason Boston is still in it is wrong. Other guys have contributed a lot to Boston staying afloat.
Trout is more than a leadoff man. You do watch him right? He's incredible in the field, far better than Middlebrooks ever will be at 3rd. Also Trout helps create RBI opportunities with his base running and good BA; plus he drives runs in since he's got almost 30 RBI so far. I can't even believe you'd think Middlebrooks compares to Trout really.
Boston's lineup is built around Papi and Gonzalez. lol @ it being built around MIddlebrooks. Look I like Will. He's gonna be a good to great player. You're really overrating him though since he's gotten hot again.