Re: Back from the game-- observations
Phillips just looked very instinctual to me -- hence the "guessing" comment. Perhaps scared wasn't the right choice of words. He did make solid contact, but there just wasn't consistency from one at bat to the next. Reminded me a bit of Pena in that regard. Could look real good sometimes, real bad others. Contrast that to a Freel who seems to have a good plate appearance every time up. Of course, sample size and all of that...
Re; the Milton pick off attempt -- the 3rd base coach blocked my view for the most part and didn't see if Perez hit/bumped him as he went past. I was about 12 rows up, the section left of directly behind home plate. The throw looked like Zambrano was just pissed that Milton was there in the first place and wanted to get rid of him. I wouldn't be surprised at all if that's what his thought process was -- dude is nuts. If he had seen Milton round 2b on his triple, he would've known that Milton would've been toast on home on any hard hit grounder.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.