Corey Patterson Watch: Game Twenty-Seven

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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.


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Dear commenters,

Sorry this piece does not lend itself to fart jokes.

Love, Rob

I think, Rob, that you're discounting Patterson's RER; he seems to walk and steal a good deal, while not hitting a tremendous number of extra base hits. Since singles are not factored into RER, it seems to make sense that, if Corey is to be in the lineup at all, he would bat first or second, as those are the positions at which he is most likely to produce.

must... not... revert... to... crude... humor

@Mrs. Ankiel: the fart jokes made TONS more sense.

What's this OBP you speak of?

@ futuremrs

Are you a lion? Rerrrrrrr!

I don't understand things very often.

RER = Run Element Ratio, which weighs walks and stolen bases against bases earned on extra base hits... essentially calculates where in the lineup a batter will be most effective. (Not weighted for OBP or BA, obviously, so needs to be paired with one of those.) My extremely nerdy point was that Patterson's RER is consistent with that of a leadoff hitter... obviously he still sucks, though.

K I'll shut up now.

Patterson, over the course of his career, does not walk enough to justify such a RAR. What are you, reRARted?

I cant believe i said RAR and not RER

Rob, that might be true, but since he doesn't (presumably) get a lot of extra base hits, his RER (it's a ratio, not an aggregate) will STILL be more consistent with that of a leadoff hitter.

Simmer down!

Quite the opposite. He gets a bunch of extra base hits!

i just went into a sabermetric k-hole

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