WE’RE STILL WAITING…
He currently is .256/.290/.408; .698 OPS. Only 2 steals. Only 6 BB in 125 ABs. Now that Jon Garland seemingly has found the magic potion, Corey Patterson can officially be dubbed ‘Chicago’s Biggest Tease’. Of course, I’m not sold on Garland just yet. For I remember James Baldwin. Let’s check Jon G’s numbers at the All-Star break.
Corey is still a solid player. He’s just not the dominant player everyone hoped or expected him to be. He has played in almost 500 games in the majors now. Almost 2000 ABs. His career OPS is .731. Yes injuries. Yes learning curve. Yes to all the excuses. Fine. But now look at how this year is progressing. It doesn’t look so good.
What are we to expect from high draft picks? Shouldn’t it be more than what Corey has produced? He was selected 3rd overall in 1998. If you took away his name and looked solely at the numbers and defense, you might think he’s a good player to have starting in CF. You’d be right. But we are demanding so much more of him. Is that wrong? If this offense will get going he needs to drive it. He needs his career year. Right?