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.
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.