I'm starting to think he just doesn't consider the 2-hole important. As in, a step below the 7 and a step above 8. Why else does he constantly want Janish to bunt there when Stubbs is fully capable of stealing against any team in the league?
Personally, I'd like to see Phillips starting 2nd regularly and Bruce batting cleanup. Given how successful putting Bruce in the 2-hole was, I wouldn't consider the lefty-lefty lineup too unreasonable.