Re: Bold prediction: Brandon Phillips has played his last game as a Red
Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
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.
As screwball points out, it's not "give up" -- it's "cash in". There are many players in AAA right now who are that 1 pitch away from being solid major leaguers. It sounds simple and it's tantalizingly close. Imagine if Wily Mo Pena could hit a curve ball or if Corey Patterson could lay off fastballs at his shoulders.
But sometimes you're better off cashing in and letting somebody else roll those dice. This is especially true if you can get somebody to give you value as if the flaw wasn't there.
Phillips is a true asset and will be for at least the next two season. But if we can capitalize on his value to get more value in return, we'd be stupid to pass up the opportunity.
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.