Re: Narron intends to break up left-handed bats
In 587 plate appearances in 2006, Brandon Phillips walked only 35 times. Despite having a respectable .276 batting average last season, he put up an abysmal .324 on-base percentage.
For his career, Brandon Phillips has a gouge-my-eyes-out .290 on-base percentage, and he's taken only 54 walks in 1,049 plate appearances. That's only one walk for every 19.43 plate appearances.
This spring in 51 plate appearances, Brandon Phillips has taken exactly one walk.
There's not many worse things a manager can do to a lineup than ensuring the presence of an out-making machine squarely in the middle of the lineup. If Brandon Phillips is batting third, then prepare yourselves for an ungodly number of killed rallies due to his propensity for swinging at garbage out of the strike zone and making far too many outs.
Barry Larkin - HOF, 2012
Put an end to the Lost Decade.