Brandon Phillips Knocks in All Runs for Cincinnati Reds in Win

By David Miller
MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs
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Here we go Cincinnati Reds fans, chant with me! MVP! MVP! MVP! You all continue chanting as I type the rest of the article. It’ll be great background noise. The Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips continues to be my prediction for National League MVP this season. I’ve been calling for Phillips to be the MVP since Spring Training. Check out this article I put up in late March. Please click here!

In that I mentioned that it would help if Phillips upped his average, homers and RBI totals a little bit. How is he doing towards that goal? He went a long way towards helping those numbers with a career night on Monday against the Chicago Cubs. In a foggy Wriggly Field Phillips went 2 for 4 with 1 run scored and six RBI. A lot of that came with a grand slam he hit that sliced through the fog. He accounted for all of his teams runs in a win they needed badly coming off of a big loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Seems to be that makes him, dare I say, valuable to his team.  Possibly even most valuable some might say. So after his career game, how are his numbers looking? I’ll call this the Brandon Phillips MVP watch. His average is .293 but has risen nearly 20 points in the last ten games. Yes he is headed for that .300 mark plus. I wanted him around 25 homers and 90 RBI. Currently he sits at 10 homers and 53 RBI through the beginning of June.

He is on pace for an over .300 batting average, 25 to 30 big flies and over 100 RBI. Yeah, I think my MVP season prediction is well on its way to coming true. Keep up the good work Phillips! I’m rooting for you and hoping you prove me right!

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