patterson has always had the stuff, injuries have slowed him though. he's coming off of tommy john in 2000.
he's got a pretty good fastball, and from all accounts a great curve. seems to have a slider now as well. big thing this season has been his command, which is much better.
everyone has been having problems with the mound at rfk. apparently it is not in top shape, along with the infield, which is really rocky. they are bringing in a group that does their ST field to work on it while they are on the road.
Barry Svrluga: By "good visual shape", I guess you mean green grass and some posters? While they certainly studied what makes a good field -- and brought in Roger Bossard of the White Sox to lay down the field -- things haven't gone as smoothly as the players or club would have liked. Yes, it looks okay, and the posters beyond the left field wall are cool. But the pitchers have complained about the mound, and the infield isn't right yet -- too sandy and rocky. The team just brought in the grounds guy from Space Coast Stadium in Viera, which has a beautiful surface, to help out. Tucker went on the DL after pulling a groin muscle while pitching off the mound. I wonder if it had anything to do with the conditions.