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.
This is absolutely correct, and my gut says he just can't seem to lay off it consistently. He does lay off of it at times but not nearly enough. And it's almost always a slider. But my whole point is why give up on a guy who is 1 pitch recognition away from being an excellent offensive player.