I think if we had a RH power bat to put between them, no one would be bashing them right now. As far as offense goes, that is what we need (besides someone else in the leadoff spot - not named Patterson). It is hard to place the power duties on Phillips who was and could be a 30-30 man. But I think Phillips, who is a very good player, is a 2 hitter. I don't know how we can solve this problem right now because there are not many options available. But if our lineup looked like this:
INSERT POWER BAT RH OF YOUR CHOICE
SS Keppinger/Gonzales or C Bako/Ross
I think we would be much better. I guess my line-up would need us to have a power bat at SS or C. I guess a Bench like player, or Piazza in his prime at C. I know it is far fetched. I think if, when Griffey is gone after this year, we get a power RH bat in RF (keeping Bruce in CF) (like a Jason Bay) Dunn will see his best season. I know this is a big what if, but for as much as I dog Dunn, I think he is worth keeping if we get him help. And I think it does no good to dog Phillips and EdE, because we are asking these guys to do things they cannot do. If Larkin was on this team, we would be asking him to bat 4 at some point, and we all know he was not a 4 hitter.