Poz On Brandon Phillips Chad Dotson 04/22/2009 15 Joe Posnanski has a great take on those dumb comments about on-base percentage that Brandon Phillips made a couple of months ago. Who’dathunk BP would be walking and not hitting early in this season? Share this:TweetPocket 15 Responses doug 04/22/2009 If there is a better sports writer out there right now than Joe Posnanski, I want someone to tell me who it is. Matt WI 04/22/2009 Great google mapping. This was the best: “But it very clearly makes him less valuable than he could be with, say, 20 more walks instead of outs per year. Phillips hit a ludicrous .182 on 3-1 counts last year. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s almost impossible for a good player to do Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ That could be in part because heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so eager to get on base the manly way.” EKyRedsFan 04/22/2009 I love Joe Posnanski and I can’t wait for his new book to come out. This is typical Poz and great stuff. David 04/22/2009 Couple of points: So far this year BP’s O-Swing%, Z-Swing% and Swing% are all down. His P/PA is up. His SO% is down. His BB% is WAY up. His BABIP (.142) is unsustainably low (trending to unlucky). Finally, his line drive percentage is down and his fly ball percentage is up significantly. Put it all together and you get a guy who is reading pitches well, but swinging for the fence because he is batting fourth. That’s on Dusty and Jocketty. I’d like to see the lineup tweaked something like this: Taveras (.396 OBP) Dickerson (.371 OBP) EdE (.365 OBP) Votto (.411 OBP) Phillips Bruce Hernandez Pitcher Janish (.455 OBP) Shane 04/22/2009 Then Bruce would absolutely get a pitch to hit Shane 04/22/2009 oops… meant: Then Bruce would absolutely never get a pitch to hit mike 04/22/2009 Phillips is one of the worst Reds 2B in history at getting on base gee, I wonder why he doesn’t like walking OBA OBA 1 Joe Morgan .415 2 Johnny Temple .371 3 Miller Huggins .362 4 Lonny Frey .358 5 Bid McPhee .355 6 Pete Rose .348 7 Bobby Adams .337 8 Sammy Bohne .328 9 Ron Oester .323 10 Dick Egan .322 11 Brandon Phillips .322 12 Hughie Critz .320 13 Bret Boone .316 14 Alex Kampouris .310 15 Tommy Helms .290 David 04/22/2009 Shane, Travis Snyder is hitting 9th in Toronto’s lineup and he is every bit as good as Bruce. Until he hits consistently, then I would say drop him in the order. mike 04/22/2009 Hmm…I normally would say moving Bruce in the lineup might not be a bad idea But do you really think he should bat behind Gonzo and Hernandez? I think something that could help the lineup a bit more would be to swap EE and Phillips in the order mike 04/22/2009 oh and Bruce is one of the top prospects in all of baseball does Snyder really have the same ceiling? Glenn 04/22/2009 I saw something with Phillips in last night’s game that gives me some hope. He tried to hit the ball up the middle a couple of at bats. He’s been trying to pull everything lately. jason 04/22/2009 brandon and ee swapping places in batting order tonight. BIGred053 04/22/2009 Phillips’ take on his performance so far: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090421&content_id=4362168&vkey=news_cin&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin&partnerId=rss_cin david 04/23/2009 Snyder and Bruce will be neck and neck over the course of their careers barring injury, etc. Shane 04/23/2009 and TorontoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lineup is full of .250+ hitters, which is not great but can the Reds say that?