Purple Haze wrote:WittyC wrote: 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).
Very good point...Patterson has been working with the best bunter (is Bunter even a word ) of alltime, Brett Butler (imho)... If Patterson can learn to lay down a bunt,and run out infield singles..His average will go up imensely, and he will finally reach his full potential..
i was just thinking about this. if the cubs are trying to teach him small ball (to be a bunter and to be more patient), that would mean he is no longer going to the plate hacking. if he isnt going to the plate hacking his avg and obp may go up but might his home runs actually go down some? the end result might be better average and rbi but possibly lower home runs and fewer stolen bases from batting lower in the order if hairston leads off.