Re: Brandon Phillips Batting 2nd
The worst time for a contact hitter to come to the plate is when there is a man on first base because he is highly likely to hit into a double play. Ideally you want your contact hitter at the plate when there is a man in scoring position because A) his groundball is likely to advance the runner and B) a contact hitter needs the runner to already be in scoring position to drive him in.
When there is a runner on first base that is a good time to have your high strikeout power hitter at the plate. He is less likely to hit into a double play and he has the ability to drive in a runner from first base. He is probably also more likely to walk than the contact hitter, and a walk advances the runner on first into scoring position.