Originally Posted by Stingray
Gonzo missed most of his games when he had a sick family member. I think most agree that Freel's playing style requires more time off and Phillips missed half the games EE did. More importantly, unlike the other players, it was usually made to appear EE was being disciplined when he sat.
No it wasn't. 2 of the games he didn't start were both times Oswalt started. He'd struck out almost every AB against Oswalt, and he was already struggling at the plate, Narron was probably just trying to give him a break. So if we're counting why guys didn't start games, there's two for EE.
Wouldn't we want Phillips to play as often as possible? He's hitting (he shouldn't be batting high in the order), but he's hitting and he rarely makes mistakes on defense.
How is it punishment to give a guy who is struggling a couple more days off than other guys? The point is: He was getting his chances. He wasn't anywhere near being platooned, he was regularly starting, he wasn't being jerked around.