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Thank you Dusty Baker, for finally moving Brandon Phillips out of the clean-up spot. Saying Brandon is struggling is an understatement. He is hitting .174 with an on-base percentage of .298 so far this season.
His struggles actually started last season. Since last years All-Star game he is only hitting .195 with 6 hrs and 18 rbis. Those aren’t the stats for a clean-up hitter.
What has happened since the all-star game? Well, Cincy has said goodbye to a couple of guys named Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn. Coincedence? I think not. Phillips saw much better pitchers with those guys surrounding him. Edwin Encarnacion and Jay Bruce aren’t exactly striking fear into opposing pitchers hearts. Their batting averages are a combined .198. Yikes.
Anyway, thanks for moving him the last couple of games. Maybe, the pressure of hitting there was getting to him. At least his defense hasn’t suffered from his plate woes.
Let’s go Reds!
Bye for now,