Re: Why is Phillips the "ideal" 2 hitter for this team?
Here is the deal with the batting order. There are good hitters, poor hitters and guys in the middle. The Reds with Votto, Choo and Bruce have three good hitters. Votto would be the best choice for every position in the batting order, Choo second best and Bruce third. After that, you go with where the skills match the job description best which puts Choo at the top and Bruce in the middle someplace. Votto would be between the two. Then you really have a bunch of inadequate bats who are all suited for 6th or below. IMO, Phillips isn't an ideal #2 hitter, but may be the least of all the evils to hit there. Despite a couple decent games where he hit some mistakes, I'm not ready to declare Frazier's hitting problems behind him and Ludwick looks like he has a ways to go. Not everybody can hit 7th.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
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