Re: If Corey Patterson is the OD starting centerfielder-It will be a crying shame!
Originally Posted by captainmorgan07
I don't know why everyone has so much hate for corey patterson. He's a proven major leaguer . I'll agree with most of you he's not that great with the stick at times. He has some pop and can steal a few bases when he gets on. I think the reds are playing him in center more for his defense than his offense. They need a speedy guy who can cover the gaps with the two defensive liabilties in left and right. We've got enough offense from guys like jr., dunn, phillips, edwin and the combo of votto and hatte. it's not like were asking him to hit 30 hrs and drive in 100. He'll do fine until Bruce is ready to come back up and take over the spot.I am not one bit worried about him starting in CF
Problem is - some people will argue - is that it will be AT LEAST until June until Bruce is brought up.
I think Patterson has NOTHING to do with whether or not Jay Bruce comes back up at this point. Trading a Hopper/Freel and/or a Dunn or Griff injury/trade will have to happen before they consider that.
Patterson will have to hit under .200 before they'll bring Bruce up from AAA, all else being equal.
They are doing this PRIMARILY to avoid Super 2 status for him in Arbitration. He would have had to hit better than Patterson in ST to win the job. He didn't.
I would argue he'll NEVER play a game in CF this year, and will only be brought up to play RF if and when he's brought up this year.
In 2009, he'll be the opening day RF-er. I wouldn't bet against him NOT seeing time with the Big Club before September barring one of the things I mentioned above.
I think that in a year or two, one of these guys - Frazier, Dorn, Valaika, Cumberland, Stubbs - will be ready to replace Dunn. They won't hit as many home runs as Dunn, but they should have similar OPS. - 757690, July 22, 2008
Alonso will be playing 1B for the REDS and batting 4th one year from today. - Kingspoint, July 9, 2009