A .311 hitter at Cooper Stadium this season, Phillips is hitting .314 on the road. He has exactly 9 home runs at home and 9 on the road. Its a little bit of nit-picking, but Phillips does have 7 more doubles (in 5 more games) at home. It could be something to look out for - but probably not.
Phillips is hitting a somewhat respectable .276 off of right-handed pitchers this season. Compared to his .434 batting average against southpaws however, it doesn't really stack up. Where his numbers against right-handed pitchers are amazing are in the power department. 43.6% of his hits against right-handed batters have gone for extra bases, which is a remarkable number. Throw in the fact 47.8 of his hits against lefties were extra-base hits, it is simply amazing the Yankees haven't given him a longer look in the Majors.
But as good as his extra-base hit percentages are, what Phillips is doing to southpaws is simply disgusting...if you're an opposing pitcher. Phillips, who hits a home run once in every 15.8 at-bats against right-handed pitchers, is homering once every 7.6 at-bats against lefties this season. That pace is right up there with Mark McGwire's chase towards 70 home runs and even further testimonial that Phillips deserves ample time to prove his worth at the Major League level.
However, as expected, Phillips has remained a professional hitter all the way through to put together another consistent season with the Columbus Clippers. Phillips did begin his stint with Columbus on a bit of a hot streak, hitting .354 in his first 12 games. But he has been hitting right along his career batting average of .296 - in fact, even higher at .313 for the year. His season batting average has never been lower than .307, epitomizing his amazing consistency.
Don't take it the wrong way. Phillips has done well with runners on base, hitting .305 in those situations this season. But it is just not as good with the bases empty. In fact, Phillips' two lowest batting averages this season have come in situations one would think he would thrive in. Phillips is hitting just .262 with runners in scoring position and he is just 1-7 with the bases loaded this season.
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