It's been another mediocre week for Dusty Baker and his Cincinnati Reds. Sure, they're on a three-game winning streak after scoring 20 runs in the final two games in San Francisco, but a two-game sweep in Houston still leaves the Redlegs in a tie for fourth place in the NL Central at 12-15. That's four wins and three losses on the week; now let's find out how Corey Patterson contributed over the last seven days:
Game 21: Didn't start, defensive replacement in eighth inning, tripled and scored in ninth.
Game 22: Didn't start, pinch-hit in seventh inning, 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
Game 23: Led off, 2-for-3 with a run scored and was caught stealing.
Game 24: Did not play.
Game 25: Led off, 1-for-6 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.
Game 26: Batted second behind Jerry Hairston Jr, went 1-for-4 with 2 runs, a walk, and two stolen bases.
Game 27: Led off, 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.
So to recap, in twenty-seven games Corey Patterson has been used as the leadoff hitter 16 times. His on-base percentage on the year, however, is at .281, the worst among all regular players on the Reds. No manager in his right mind should be using such a creature in the lead-off spot, but who ever said Dusty Baker was in his right mind? Oh right, tons of people.