Not that I have anything against Jeff Francoeur personally, but he is one of the worst everyday players in the Major Leagues. His On-Base Percentage over the past three years has hovered right around .300, and his OPS is just a little over .700, very poor for someone receiving nearly 600 At Bats per year. Although he is still young, he just hasn't shown any real growth at all as a hitter.
I don't know if I would agree that he's one of the worst everyday players but I will say that I think a lot of the issues that you raise stem from the fact that he swings at everything. There isn't a pitch that he doesn't like. Since he's still young, if someone can get to him and he can develop some discipline, I think he can be a much better offensive player.
Jeff Francoeur swings at a lot of pitches, but if he swings at a fastball belt high, I expect that to be hit. It does not matter to me how Jeff Francoeur produces, as long as he does produce it is fine with me.
We will see how he does but if he has a good year (considering the core guys do what they are suppose to), this line-up has the potential to be pretty good.
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