WittyC wrote:Go Patterson... a lot of pressure will be lifted off him with Hairston coming to town (he won't have to hit leadoff). I'd wager that he'll hit 5th in the Cubs lineup behind Lee or Ramirez and in front of Barrett or Burnitz. Steals and average will be up, since the Cubs are emphasizing small-ball (see: Brett Butler and Vince Coleman working w/ the players in the offseason). Patterson has the ability to rip the cover off the ball, and I think he'll have a break-out year.
if patterson isnt batting in the top of the order i dont think he will be running as much. last year batting either first or second he stole 28 bases in 104 games (441 AB) but when batting any where else in the order had only 4 stolen bases in 53 games (190 AB). if hairston is batting leadoff i think it really hurts corey's value--fewer stolen bases and fewer runs scored. its not like his sb's will completely disappear but if he isnt getting 30+ then his value takes a huge hit imo because he wont score a huge amount of runs, his average is mediocre, and his power numbers, while they may be decent, arent anything special.