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Friday, March 07, 2014

Gleeman: Brandon Phillips: “How the [expletive] am I declining?”

(Barney) Phillips: You can’t spell RBI without eye!

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Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips isn’t talking to the Cincinnati media, but he’s willing to talk to the national media and willing to talk to the national media about why he’s not talking to the Cincinnati media.

Case in point, this Phillips quote to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com:

  I don’t have nothing to say to those cats. They know what 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.

...Unless, of course, you judge a hitter strictly on his RBI totals, which Phillips apparently does. In that case he’s [expletive] better than ever!

Repoz Posted: March 07, 2014 at 03:52 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Moeball Posted: March 07, 2014 at 04:17 PM (#4668029)
How can the local media in Cincy think that BP is declining? Haven't they seen his swag?

Well, at least Harold Reynolds will stick up for him on broadcasts - overrated second basemen gotta stick up for each other!
   2. BDC Posted: March 07, 2014 at 04:26 PM (#4668039)
.300, .281, .261.
   3. Ron J2 Posted: March 07, 2014 at 04:32 PM (#4668047)
#2 but he'd respond 77, 103

EDIT: In fact he did!
   4. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: March 07, 2014 at 04:47 PM (#4668063)
If he was indeed playing hurt, I can understand his frustration. We laugh at these guys, but they're competitors.
   5. Rough Carrigan Posted: March 07, 2014 at 05:27 PM (#4668089)
Let's see him get 100 rbi without Choo getting on base at a >.400 obp ahead of him.

His is the same argument that some Red Sox fans made to defend some of Jim Rice's seasons in the early 80's. Hey, he drove in 100 runs! Yeah, he had Wade Boggs with 200 hits and 100 walks and Dwight Evans with 175 hits and 95 walks in front of him. A lot of guys would've gotten Jim Rice's rbi totals some of those years. A lot of guys would've gotten Phillips' 2013 rbi total.
   6. RMc and the slumping crisp Posted: March 07, 2014 at 05:29 PM (#4668090)
4.9, 3.8, 1.6.

And he's 33 this year.
   7. Publius Publicola Posted: March 07, 2014 at 05:44 PM (#4668099)
Twilight Zone. Awesome.
   8. Lars6788 Posted: March 07, 2014 at 05:48 PM (#4668101)
I think his injury dragged his numbers down along with the position he played - sure he is probably a .330/.430 guy more or less, but playing second base and being asked to hit no.4 was something that took a lot of him in 2013.

He was probably beat up as hell - but because he was uppity, combatitve prickly the beat writers never was going to sympathize with his long season.
   9. TDF, situational idiot Posted: March 07, 2014 at 05:55 PM (#4668103)
Let's see him get 100 rbi without Choo getting on base at a >.400 obp ahead of him.
QFT. Of his 103 RBI, he drove in Choo 32 times.

What I think is telling is that Jay Bruce, who hit directly behind BP, drove himself in more often than he drove in Phillips.
   10. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: March 07, 2014 at 07:05 PM (#4668125)
"How the [forget] am I declining?"

Precipitously.


   11. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: March 07, 2014 at 08:21 PM (#4668140)
If he was indeed playing hurt, I can understand his frustration. We laugh at these guys, but they're competitors.

He got hit on the forearm on June 1. Pre/post OPSs: .837/.637.
   12. Jim Wisinski Posted: March 07, 2014 at 08:52 PM (#4668148)
Let's see him get 100 rbi without Choo getting on base at a >.400 obp ahead of him.


Or Votto, if he continues to bat in front of him like at the end of last season. Last year Phillips while batting 2nd compared to 4th had 1/16 the RBIs in 1/5 the PAs.
   13. 'Spos goes to the Big O Posted: March 07, 2014 at 09:36 PM (#4668159)
Brando, Brandinem, Brandinis, Brandini, Brandine.
   14. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 07, 2014 at 09:42 PM (#4668162)
Twilight Zone. Awesome.

To Brandon Phillips:
"My name is Talking Thom, and I'm going to kill you."
   15. Walt Davis Posted: March 07, 2014 at 10:23 PM (#4668170)
How the #### are you declining?
Let me count the ways!

Thou are declining towards depth from a meager height.
Thou are having more trouble going to your right.

As at end with Beane and Grace
Thy name shall be missing on most days
from the lineup, by day and by night.
Thy OBP shall be forever light;
thy heavy legs reduce thy Rbase.

We regret thy regular use
in lineup spots more fit for Ruth.
We regret to see thy bat speed lose
precious seconds -- it's the truth.
If retirement soon thou shall choose
Reds' fans worries thou shall soothe.

(a .5 Gonfalon at best but you gotta blame EBB for the rhyme scheme.)




   16. Bug Selig Posted: March 08, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4668222)
playing second base and being asked to hit no.4 was something that took a lot of him in 2013.


What does that mean? Is the #4 hitter required to run a gauntlet between the on-deck circle and the batter's box?
   17. I Am Not a Number Posted: March 08, 2014 at 11:41 AM (#4668244)
What does that mean? Is the #4 hitter required to run a gauntlet between the on-deck circle and the batter's box?

He has to bring sliced oranges to practise.
   18. BDC Posted: March 08, 2014 at 11:51 AM (#4668245)
To be fair to Phillips, we complain so much about anodyne cliché comments from ballplayers that maybe we should appreciate his attitude. Even if a guy improves and his team wins the World Series, he's supposed to say "I can always get a little more consistent out there. I haven't contributed all I can as a player, and we've all got some serious work to do this season to get back where we want to be again. This is not the time to rest on our laurels, those 100 RBI last year don't count this season."

The Reds drop to 3rd place, lose the play-in game, and Phillips is like "#### you, let's see your candy ### go out there and drive in 100 runs." In a way that's wonderful.
   19. bobm Posted: March 08, 2014 at 12:05 PM (#4668250)
Last year Phillips while batting 2nd compared to 4th had 1/16 the RBIs in 1/5 the PAs. 

Brandon Phillips: 298 Plate Appearances in 2013, batting 4th and with Any Baserunners, 171 PA with RISP, 174 PA < 2 out (427 BR total)

Bases
1-- 127
-2-  48
12- 39
1-3  29
123 21
-23 19
--3 15


Brandon Phillips: 49 Plate Appearances in 2013, batting 2nd and with Any Baserunners, 21 PA with RISP, 39 PA < 2 out (60 BR total)

Bases 
1-- 28
-2- 7
12- 5
-23 4
--3 3
1-3 2
   20. Lars6788 Posted: March 08, 2014 at 08:28 PM (#4668444)


What does that mean? Is the #4 hitter required to run a gauntlet between the on-deck circle and the batter's box?


No DB - it means that in his mind and in Baker's mind, he was asked to be a middle of a lineup hitter when he maybe more of a table setter or maybe a 6-7 hitter.
   21. filihok Posted: March 08, 2014 at 08:38 PM (#4668449)
300, .281, .261.

4.9, 3.8, 1.6.


These 3 year 'trends' are misleading since 2011 was a career year for Phillips.

His 2013 91 wRC+ is not that far out of line with his recent performance
SEASON wRC+
2008 90
2009 100
2010 104
2011 122
2012 101
2013 91 


Especially when considering his performance after his forearm injury in early June
MONTHwRC+, BABIP
April 111 .297
May 135 .306
June 45 .235
July 73 .247
August 118 .337
September 50 .247 


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