CadensDad wrote:Unless I'm missing something I don't see how Johnson is "10 times better" than LaRoche, I know his OBP is alot higher but other wise they seem kinda close. (Not trying to be a pain and start something, just not seeing the huge difference.)
You realize getting on base is the single most important thing to scoring runs, right? Put it this way, you may think some of their stats look similar, but so far this year Johnson has been worth 13.5 runs more than LaRoche, which is almost 1.5 wins. In half a season. He's actually already surpassed LaRoche's entire offensive output from 136 games in 2008. Throw in that Johnson has always been graded as the better fielder of the two, and you come to the conclusion that Johnson is a much better player than LaRoche.
LaRoche is a good platoon guy that won't kill you when he plays against righties. He's moderately useful to a team that has money to burn and can put him in the right situations. Johnson is a damn good player when he's healthy.