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“Hitting fourth, you’re hitting in a lot of key situations, and your job is to drive in runs. I don’t care about my batting average (.266). I don’t care about anything else. It’s all about ribbies.”
Joe always says, ‘My eyes are better than yours, especially when it comes to plate discipline.’ He’s right, but I told him I’ve got more pop than he does, and he agreed.
I rate "intelligence in positioning" rather highly, as this can put the player in position to catch hard-hit liners that get by others. So he just stands there and makes it look routine rather than leaping for all he's worth, I want that out, you can keep the spectacle.
In contrast, No. 4 hitters are asked to drive in runs, and that’s exactly what Phillips is doing. His 74 RBIs are tied for fourth in the Major Leagues.
Tied for fourth in RBIs isn't so great when you hit behind two guys with .400+ OBPs.
Why are Cincy writers so fixated in arguing that Brandon Phillips is as good (or better) than Joe Morgan?
Phillips is a very underrated player. Better then most think. Comparing him TO Joe Morgan is not even close.
I think there's only one Cincinnati writer who has argued that: Hal McCoy. And the reason has less to do with Brandon Phillips love and more to do with the fact that Hal McCoy loathes Joe Morgan.
I rate "intelligence in positioning" rather highly, as this can put the player in position to catch hard-hit liners that get by others.
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