Originally Posted by reds44
Fay seems to think Patterson is going to get the boot.
I understand everyone's joy at Bruce replacing Patterson. He will improve the offense immensely. But there will be no upgrade on defense and no domino effect that it would create on the pitching staff. Bruce for Griffey would improve the offense too, IMO. Maybe not as much as Bruce for Patterson, but, IMO, the defensive and resulting pitching improvement will have a greater overall effect on improving the team than simply upgrading the offense. Bruce will no doubt be better than Patterson, but he has the potential to be OBP challenged as well. The real gains that are to be made here are on the defensive, run prevention side. Leaving Griffey in the line-up punts all that away.
Bruce' legs better be in shape if he is to play between Griffey and Dunn. I hope it doesn't sap his strength on offense. Leg drive is important at the plate.