Wednesday, May 11, 2005

That Was Not #2

Many people will suggest (some already have) that Korey Patterson's two dingers against the Mets last night were the latest FYC moment. I'd argue that they really weren't as the Cubs were leading when he hit each of the homers. Neither was particularly key to winning the game.

Besides. Here's Korey's projected stats for the year as extrapolated from his first 32 games:
 AB   R    H  2B 3B  HR  RBI  BB   SO  SB  CS    BA    OBP    SLG    OPS
658 106 172 5 0 41 66 30 142 10 0 0.262 0.302 0.454 0.748

At first blush, that looks like a decent stat line. The 40 homer pace is nice, but the OBP, OPS and lack of non-homer extra base hits is terrible.

Then, you compare his stat line to this "great" Cub of old. Here's the career averages of one of the most loatthsome players in Cub history:

 AB   R    H  2B 3B  HR  RBI  BB   SO  SB  CS    BA    OBP    SLG    OPS
557 75 131 20 2 37 101 51 152 7 4 0.236 0.302 0.478 0.780

Yes. Those are the career average numbers of Dave Kingman. Nice company you're keeping, Korey.

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