Get ready to clap your hands and say "Yeah!" because this might be the final Corey Patterson Watch ever. Over the past week, Patterson started just two games and his Reds have tumbled to a record of 13 wins and 20 losses. Manager Dusty Baker finally shook up the lineup, putting Ryan Freel and his .357 on base percentage in center field and the leadoff spot.
Instead of boring you with each game breakdown, I will summarize Corey's week (which included two pinch hit appearances and one defensive replacement) as such:
5 games, 10 at-bats, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 RBI, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 stolen base
Patterson's on base percentage is a super low .263 and his slugging percentage has dropped to .433. After 100 plate appearances so far this season, his EQA is just .237. He's just not hitting line drives and he's just not drawing walks.
The Reds actually have a decent team despite sitting eight games back at fifth place in the NL Central. Still, they have just a 7% chance of making the playoffs so Baker would be wrong to continue to give regular playing time to Patterson. Bring up Jay Bruce!