Originally Posted by R_Webb18
I think it's silly if heisey bats 2nd but just imo
I agree, but I also think Phillips is a poor choice to hit second.
After the game today, Dusty said Phillips hits into a lot of double plays. That was the explanation for the Phillips bunt play today.
If he hits into double plays, and you need to bunt with him, why hit Phillips second?
You take the bat out of his hands; you waste Votto to an IBB.
Problem is that Reds don't have an obvious second place hitter.
The XMan suggestion isn't bad actually. Platoon him with Heisey and let XMan hit secnod against righties. That's three lefties in a row, but it's ok because Reds would pinch hit for XMan against lefty pitchers.