Re: How much worse or better would Dickerson be?
I think its clear as heck on this team. Patterson's glove is needed, bat him 8th. Anything you get offensively is a bonus.
Kepp is the most consistent hitter on the team and gets on a lot. Bat him leadoff. Jeff is the type of hitter who could adjust his game a bit to leadoff, meaning he might well be able to adapt his game to leading off by working more counts, drawing a few more walks, all without disrupting his stroke. He's not fast but he's not slow, runs bases well. Pete Rose lite.
Junior, EE, BP, Votto and are the drivers for this offense - if they hit it won't matter much what order they're in but Dunn is a special case. He is supremely good at drawing walks, when he hits and when he doesn't. I'd bat him 2nd when he's NOT hitting well, and if he gets hot and starts hammering, move him to cleanup where he'd still have an rbi man and protection behind him.