Originally Posted by mth123
Late to this thread. Glad Dusty realizes Phillips at clean-up isn't etched in stone, but does anyone think dropping him down against a lefty is odd timing? 0for 21 be darned. Phillips has has three things really going for him: He's a great defender, he runs really fast and he destroys lefty pitching. His value comes from those three things.
Should make him the number 6 guy permanently against RH pitching (or maybe 7th), but against a lefty, he hits in the top 4 some place IMO.
I wouldn't get too worried about who hits fourth and who hits sixth. Bottom line is that neither EE or BP has proven himself to be a cleanup hitter. Whichever guy hits fourth is really hitting out of position.
Key is to get these right handed hitters swinging a decent bat. Right now, the entire right handed group is in a deep slump. Lefties aren't doing too much better.