Originally Posted by Big Klu
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!
This the key in more than 1 way. It's no coincidence as Jay didn't have to do as much when guy's around him were being productive. Now those guys aren't around him (Hairston more specifically) and he's pressing trying to make up for the loss of Hairston.
That's all and that's it IMO, he's swinging at stuff out of the zone early on and once he get's into a hole teams are forcing him to hit the outside pitch where it's at and he's trying to yank it out of the park. He needs to be taken out of the position before he turns himself into a hacker for an even longer stretch. But I don't think it's a real problem long term but it could (Pat Burrell) be if it's not addressed by him and/or the staff.