Originally Posted by armybrat45103
Ah, so this was bait for an argument. Got it.
One, I didn't ask the question.
Two, lack of strikeouts don't correlate with RBI's.
Just pointing that out since it was your way of describing why Phillips has so many RBI's.
The reason Phillips has so many RBI's is a product almost entirely of the following:
1. He hits behind two of the most prolific people in baseball at getting on base
2. Phillips has hit exceedingly well, and above his career norms (suggesting a non-repeatable skill at the level Phillips is producing) with runners on base and runners in scoring position.
3. Generally yes your point about Phillips being a good contact hitter can help in certain situations (such as runner on 3rd, 1 out where getting the bat on the ball instead of K'ing can lead to a better chance of knocking in that particular run). Phillips does have some skills in that area and it seems he adjusts his approach in certain situations to do that, however, this would only be a marginal attribute as to his lofty RBI totals, and that normally those situations where simply trying to make contact are so few and far between that it is not a significant factor in aggregate RBI totals.