Re: Scott Rolen to disabled list (strained left shoulder), Reds recall IF Chris Valai
OK, bear with me here, but is there any reason why Phillips can't be tried out at 3rd base? Renteria would slide into 2nd. Cairo and Valaika would back up.
Actually, BP to 3rd is my idea for a medium-term solution at the position (with a contract extension), and this would be a great way of him getting his toes wet there.
Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.