Originally Posted by redsmetz
This is true of any number of players on the team for about six weeks plus. Immediately following the trade, this team showed it could score runs and win games. What the reason for this lengthy team slump is, I can't say, but it's all over the board, not just on some players or the abscence of others, IMO.
Brandon Phillips major league career line: .248/.293/.379
Brandon Phillips 2006 Pre-ASB: .306/.357/.438
Brandon Phillips 2006 Post-ASB: .256/.299/.438
This is a guy who also has a career minor league OPS of .757. Going forward, Reds fans should be worried that Brandon Phillips during the 2006 first half may have been a mirage. Stick him at shortstop and hope for some defensive value out of him, but the team should absolutely not rely on Phillips for much offensive punch whatsoever. If we get it, great, but it shouldn't be expected.
Pokey Reese was a huge hit during 1999, and we saw what he turned out to be. Like Phillips, Reese didn't know how to take a walk either.