Originally Posted by RedsManRick
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.
Ding ding ding ding!
All a RH pitcher has to do is start a breaking pitch in the zone and Phillips will swing over it as it drops down and away. Ver-ry Sammy Sosa-like
Can Brandon's vision be improved so that he can detect the spin on breaking pitches quickly after the pitcher releases the ball? I've heard there are some programs designed to improve an athlete's vision and concentration, if I ran the Reds I'd "persuade" BP to enroll in such an offseason program
But as far as Walt trading BP? ... not so much ... Jocketty loves him some up-the-middle D