|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||610.00||16.00||.264||83.00||81.00||7.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Pittsburgh||3||1||0|| .333|| .333|| .333|
|vs Gallardo (Career)||48||14||2|| .479||.310||.292|
|vs RHP||35||10||1|| .324|| .400|| .286|
|Last 10 Games|
|Brandon Phillips moved to No. 3 spot in lineup Saturday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(4/12/14) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been moved to the third spot of the batting order for Saturday's game against the Rays.
Phillips has spent each of the team's first 10 games in the No. 2 spot of the lineup, but he'll flip-flop with first baseman Joey Votto Saturday. Phillips, who went 2 for 4 with a double Friday, has hit .300/.333/.425 with one home run and three RBI in 40 at-bats.
|Brandon Phillips hits two-run shot Saturday |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(4/5/14) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips hit a two-run home run Saturday against the Mets.
Phillips had a rough start to the game, popping out in his first two at-bats, and striking out in his third. He was able to get to pitcher Dillon Gee in the eighth inning. Phillips took an 89 mph fastball from Gee and took it out to left field for a two-run shot. The play chased Gee from the game.
Phillips had just one hit in the game. He finished 1 for 4, with 1 run scored and 2 RBI.
|Brandon Phillips working on getting timing down |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(3/17/14) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips entered play Monday batting just .161 (5 for 31) in 11 spring games. However, his manager is not concerned about the poor average and is encouraged after seeing Phillips connect for his second home run Sunday against the A's.
"I couldn't be less concerned about his spring offense to this point," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Monday, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "(The home run Sunday) was good for a multitude of reasons. No. 1 is because it was nice to see him really barrel up a pitch and drive it. It gave us the lead and ended up providing the winning margin of the game, for as much as we know the importance of wins and losses is relatively insignificant down here, but it's still nice to win the game. I'm sure, as much hard work as he's put in, it's nice to have a payout."
Price said Phillips didn't have surgery on his left wrist after he was hit by a pitch in early June last year, opting for other treatment options. Price said the injury hasn't been an issue this spring.
"I've talked with him throughout the offseason and it seemed like it was becoming less and less of an issue and since he's been here and hitting, it's been a non-issue," Price said. "It's more of a timing thing, I think he's seeing the ball really well and talking to him, he feels like he's going out and trying to get pitches a little early in his swing. So it's just a matter of seeing more pitches and having more at-bats and getting his timing down."
|Brandon Phillips mum to Cincinnati media |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(3/7/14) Reds veteran Brandon Phillips has cut off communications with Cincinnati beat writers for what he perceives as a negative analysis in regard to his 2013 season.
"I don't have anything to say to those cats," he told MLB.com. "They know that the deal is. They just talk about how I was falling off and declining. How the [expletive] am I declining? I had 100 ... ribbies last year. And I did that with one ... hand. And I won a Gold Glove? So how the [expletive] am I declining? Come on, man."
Phillips indeed remained productive last year despite a .263 batting average that tied his lowest since he arrived in Cincinnati in 2006. His 103 RBI was a career-high.
|A career-high RBI total disguised what was actually a significant decline for Brandon Phillips in 2013. Most notable was the drop in slugging percentage to an Erick Aybar-like .396, but his batting average and on-base percentage were both his lowest in eight seasons with the Reds. He also stopped being so aggressive on the base paths, finishing with five steals after averaging 21.4 in his previous seven seasons. For a 32-year-old middle infielder who has always relied more on athleticism than finesse, it's all pretty much par for the course, yet some Fantasy owners will assume Phillips is as productive as ever because of his 103 RBI. News flash: He had two of the game's best on-base guys in front of him in Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo. Maybe Choo's departure changes everything. Maybe Phillips no longer bats cleanup under a new manager. Maybe his decline continues, reducing him to more of a singles and doubles hitter. One way or another, those RBI figure to go elsewhere, leaving behind what looks an awful lot like Neil Walker. You could do worse than Phillips at second base, of course, but he's more of a middle-round fallback option these days.
(Updated 1/6/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|3/22/14||@ CHC||4:05 pm||Edwin Jackson|
|4/16/14||PIT||12:35 pm||Francisco Liriano|
|4/18/14||@ CHC||2:20 pm||Jeff Samardzija|
|4/19/14||@ CHC||4:05 pm||Carlos Villanueva|
|4/20/14||@ CHC||2:20 pm||Edwin Jackson|
|4/21/14||@ PIT||7:05 pm||Francisco Liriano|
|4/22/14||@ PIT||7:05 pm||Edinson Volquez|