From John Fay:

Baker didn’t realize until Sunday that Patterson had been struggling so mightily on offense. He’s hitless in his last 22 at-bats. In his last 11 games, he’s 1-for-29.

“It didn’t seem like that because he’s not striking out. Most of the time when a guy is 0-for-something, he’s got a bunch of punch-outs in there,” Baker said.

Patterson has only struck out four times in 60 at-bats.

Does this bother anyone else as much as it does me? That the manager didn’t realize the player he brought in was “struggling so mightily on offense”? Either Baker’s not paying attention to his job or else he has a blind eye for “his” players.

Oh, and he’s walked a grand total of 4 times in those 11 games.

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I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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18 Responses

  1. Kurt Frost

    I find it very disturbing. I know the Reds wanted a name manager but they should have found someone that actually pays attention.

  2. GregD

    I read that this morning and wondered if it was true or if was just how Baker preferred to quoted in the paper? We have seen Hopper and Freel starting more vs. right handers this past week.

  3. Chris

    It does sound like nonsense, because Patterson (to me) has looked like crap, in addition to, you know, not hitting at all.

    That said, Hardball Times has a predicted OPS formula (prOPS), based on things like line drive rate, BABIP, K-rate, etc (hat tip to Jinaz). It says that Patterson’s been very unlucky this year.

    The difference between Patterson’s actual OPS and his prOPS is 211 points – that’s 5th-most in the NL. (Adam Dunn is 7th-most unlucky).

    Patterson’s BABIP is only .132 on the season, despite a 15.1% line-drive rate, which is in line with his career norms.

  4. Mr. Redlegs

    The season is three weeks old. Dusty Baker just arrived. He’s signed for three years. He’ll make $10.5 million. He’s not going anywhere. It’s best the fans come to understand his folksiness because a manager with a .526 winning percentage and three manager of the year awards ain’t changing for bloggers. So if you’re going to beat your head against the wall deciphering and nitpicking everything Baker says and does on a daily basis, you’re going to have a really miserable life the next three seasons and possess some curious dents in your noggin’.

  5. Glenn

    I don’t see this as any big deal. Baker was probably just being kind to a player who is struggling in a big way. BTW, he’s struggling so badly, I don’t see how he rates a roster spot.

  6. Marty the Cynic

    Patterson is treated like he’s part of Bakers immediate family. It’s far more than just being “kind”

    Get him out of the lineup!

  7. Phill

    I’m pretty sure this is just Baker being nice to his players through the media. Just like the whole I didn’t want to see Edwin, miss those bunts and to hit a homerun, line.

    The thing that bugs me with Corey is that he’s been a pretty good bunter and since he’s been here I think he’s only managed to lay down one bunt for hit that he got thrown out on. He has yet to sacrifice(though he’s tried) or bunt for a hit(if I’m wrong let me know!)

  8. Kevin

    I’d rather see Jay Bruce lead off.

  9. Rocco

    As I said last Fall when I was called a bigot and other nasty names for questioning the hiring. Baker is the wrong manager for this team. He may be a very good manager, although I have yet to see it here. But he is the wrong manager at the wrong time for THIS team.
    Frankly he seems lost. Anyone with any baseball knowledge would have never put Patterson leading off. He should have, as he said himself (Baker) looked at the back of Patterson’s baseball card.
    I wish Baker and the team the best, but I fear it is going to be another very long losing baseball season in Cincinnati. I sure hope I’m wrong!

  10. Bill

    Many of us questioned the hiring of Baker, I don’t remember anyone being called a bigot because of it.

    If you were, please provide a link to it.

  11. Glenn

    I know this will be unpopular but I agreed with hiring Baker and still do. Once this team starts hitting, the season will turn around. The pitching, which has almost always been the problem in the past, has actually been pretty good. (not last night) The hitting, which was always a strong point, is almost nonexistent so far this season. This offensive slump started near the end of spring training. I can’t explain that, but I’m not willing to place the blame on Baker.
    The Reds decided to quit going on the cheap as far as managers go. Mr. C decided no more Miley’s, Boones’ or Narron’s. It was time to take a shot at a guy with an established track record. I applaud him for that. Its his money, I’m glad he decided to open up that wallet.
    I’m not willing to resort to institutional canabalism after 20 games, as we’ve done in the past.

  12. Travis G.

    Given Dusty’s amazing recall of specific game situations, there’s no way he’s *not* just sticking up for his player. He could really help out Patterson by moving him back down to the bottom of the lineup.

    Does anyone else think the Reds’ late-game offense gets cranked up only after Baker’s starting lineup gets shuffled around?

  13. Glenn

    BTW, I agree with Kevin. Jay Bruce should be the CF, no questions asked.

  14. Mark in CC

    Just remember as you call for Jay Bruce, that is what they were saying about Corey Patterson in Chicago at the same point in his career.
    Krivsky was correct about not rushing Homer Bailey last year, but was persuaded, gave in and Homer has had a set back.
    CF/leadoff is only one of the teams problems, and Jay Bruce being lefthanded adds to one of them. Jay is not going to turn the team around, so be patient and let him mature as a ball player. We don’t want to screw him up bringing him up too early.

  15. Jared

    I can’t believe, after the string of managers we’ve seen, people are complaining so much now.

    I think it’s pretty unanimous that Baker’s strongest point is how he deals with his people. What happens if you consider that when thinking about his comments about specific players?

  16. andrew

    What happens is I start to consider if he cares so much about feelings, why does he continue to trot out Corey as a leadoff hitter, a spot he is ill-equipped for and likely to draw the fans’ ire for his performance?

  17. Glenn

    If Patterson would have continued to hit the way he did in spring training, this wouldn’t be a topic of discussion. He didn’t so the Jay Bruce watch begins. Maybe Jay Bruce is not the best candidate for the leadoff position, but I am confident that at this point he’d be hitting above .200.
    Like I said, I like the Baker hiring, but this is one move he’s made that I don’t agree with. I’m sure he was thinking Patterson would continue to hit and Bruce could get some seasoning in AAA and all would work itself out.