Originally Posted by Chip R
Obviously there's no right answer. Maybe it was a little of both. Taking it to another level, did his numbers decrease because of the injury, regression to - and past - the mean or are his skills deteriorating before our eyes? It happens to all ballplayers.
Regression is naturally gravitating towards your baseline skill level. Phillips started out hot and then took a hard 180 toward sub-replacement level stuff. That looks like nagging injury to me.
I hope we hang onto the guy. I don't think the sky's falling on him yet.