Re: Bold prediction: Brandon Phillips has played his last game as a Red
What strikes me as funny about Phillips' offensive game is that his struggles are due almost entirely to one problem: He cannot lay off low, outside breaking pitches and he cannot hit them. That's it. Pitch him inside or pitch him high and he'll kill you. He'll take that big cut and crush it. But go Tom Glavine on him and he's completely helpless.
I don't know if he has trouble recognizing those pitches or merely cannot resist trying to hit them, but it's almost comical. Swinging at those pitches prevents him from working deep and results in a ton of weak grounders that have a tendency to turn in to double plays. If he could simply learn to lay off those pitches, he'd be a force.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.