Re: Reds vs. Pirates Saturday 5/5
Originally Posted by Ironman92
Phillips has been very open about not like the cleanup spot. He says he feels he needs to do more with power and less of what he's best at.
But Dusty doesn't care.
We aren't blessed with Braun, Miggy Cabrera, Kemp or Tulo....Bruce is the best option and it's so easy....but a 7th inning potential matchup prevents Dusty from being able to do this.
We have two options -- move Votto to the two spot, or have our only two lefties hit back-to-back. I'm not a fan of either option, but you definitely can't bat Votto second, and as you said the late inning match-up problem is huge. So what do we do? The cleanup spot is killing us, regardless who we put there. Phillips and Rolen have to heat up -- or at least one of them. They are the two biggest holes in our offense right now.
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN