Originally Posted by WVPacman
I don't like it at all guys and I really think it is hurting Bruce bigtime b/c he isn't a leadoff hitter and he does'nt look comfortable at all at the plate.If Dusty isn't going to let Hopper play in place of Patterson then I think Phillips should be our leadoff hitter.He can hit,he can bunt and he hits line drives,and he can run and steal bases.Dusty has to do something b/c Bruce being our leadoff guy isn't working at all.
I'm with ya, buddy. I don't think it is hurting Bruce long-term, but he definitely looks uncomfortable at the plate. Keep in mind that he has Paul Bako hitting ahead of him, and Paul Janish behind him--not exactly much protection. He was doing better when he had Jerry Hairston Jr. ahead of him and Ken Griffey Jr. behind him. Personally, I would put Bruce back in the #2 spot, and bat Votto leadoff and Phillips third (at least in the AL parks with the DH). However, it all comes down to the fact that Bruce is going to have to make adjustments to counteract the adjustments that pitchers around the league have made on him. Once he does that, it won't matter where he bats!