As a Cub fan, how many more years do we have to see if Patterson can improve?? I think we can give Hairston a couple months
Back when Don Baylor was manager here, he compared Patterson to Oddibe McDowell (former Ranger/Braves OF). Everyone laughed. Now it is looking not so funny. Looks like it could be a damn good comparison if Patterson doesn't improve his plate discipline soon.
Anyone that watches the Cubs knew something had to be done. Patterson was an automatic out -- his facial expressions even showed such.
I love Patterson's defensive abilities too death (it's the one part of his game no one recognized when Alou/Sosa were here). But C'mon, Patterson has .270 (!) OBP and .649 (OPS). I don't care if you're not leading off, those numbers are simply unacceptable. He just hasn't improved at the plate (16 BB vs. 83 K's this year).
Everyone looks at 11 HR and 12 SB, but Corey simply had to get moved somewhere else. I'm glad they sent him down vs. trading him. He was swinging at EVERYTHING on the first pitch the last month+.......beforehand you could strike him out on a Fastball up or a breaking pitch anywhere down low......which is why I believe he was swinging at the first pitch all the time. I think someone just has to teach him to keep his head down on the ball.....seems simple, but I don't believe anyone ever taught him that........or how to bunt (they guy can't lay down a sacrifice bunt.....as bad as it sounds, he really can't).
A lot of guys (not just Corey) can get through the minors on athletic ability alone & aren't taught (or work on) the fundamentals of the game. I've seen Pie quite a few times and I really hope they don't call him up. He's not a major league caliber lead off guy and won't be for a few seasons. I don't want him to turn into another Corey Patterson (who doesn't have a spot to hit in the lineup)
As for Hairston, I don't think he sucks. He's the best leadoff guy they have right now. He's actually got a higher OBP than many leadoff guys in baseball. I'd love to see Lee's stats if the Cubs had a consistent lead off guy.
Who knows if Hairston's the answer......no one knew Brian Roberts was the answer until they dealt away Hairston.