This team has so much potential to wreck havoc in the National League but they really need another Right Handed Power Hitter to Bat Behind Votto... He is getting walked everyday and Phillips besides his speed has a knack for grounding into Double Plays... 2-3 games in a row now, and that isn't even keeping count.
Also, Chris Vailaika is hitting .182 and just not a major league everyday ballplayer.
I understand Scott Rolen will be back soon to play 3rd base but his Injuries are mounting and 120 Games out of your Starting Third Baseman (A Power Position) is unacceptable.
Sure this team needs a Lead Off Hitter and I think that alone would be enough to energize this lineup... The opposing team will not want to walk Votto so much with Reyes on base... (Putting 2 runners on) but even then Phillips isn't a hitter that needs to be a 4 Hole Clean Up Hitter... He would be perfect behind Bruce in the 6th spot in the Lineup making the Offense that much Better.
It's sad to see this team is 2 or 3 players away from just Down Right Being Nasty & the Front Office/Ownership doesn't try to improve even one area.