Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
So the suggested lineup has EE hitting cleanup. Fraid not.

Realistically --

Hairston -- SS
Bruce -- CF
Griffey -- RF
Phillips (who happens to be hitting a ton) 2B
Dunn -- LF
EE -- 3B
Votto -- 1B
Bako -- C
Pitcher

and againt lefties --

Same lineup except Ross catches and hits eighth.

And sometimes against lefties Griffey should sit --

Freel -- CF
Janish -- SS
Bruce -- CF
Phillips -- 2b
Dunn -- LF
EE -- 3B
Votto -- 1B
Ross -- C

With Bruce the Reds need to sign Dunn and add a righty power hitting outfielder (center or right) and a good catcher. And bring up the young arms as they develop. And then you have a team.
I like the line-up and team better when Griffey sits. I agree that Flip Flopping Phillips and EE while Phillips is hot and EE is slumping is a good idea. Generally though, EE is better suited for cleaning up than Phillips. Phillips speed is of better use lower in the order where the bottom of the order guys won't likely be pitched around if he steals second and opens first base. Batting in the middle he doesn't need to steal to get in scoring position. At the bottom its necessary to have some one who can move themselves along the bases in front of the weaker hitters.