It’s quite clear that Brandon Phillips has not been right since being hit on the hand with a pitch on August 25, out in San Francisco. This morning, I wondered how bad it has been. The answer: worse than I thought.
In the 19 games since the hand injury, Phillips is batting a robust .132/.203/.147. That’s an OPS of 350, if you are scoring at home (or even if you’re alone). He has nine hits in 74 plate appearances, no homers, two RBI. Phillips has struck out 13 times and grounded into three double plays.
Wow. Either that hand is still hurting him, or he’s in the worst slump of his career. Why hasn’t Dusty Baker given BP a few games off?
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.