Rollins is hitting .363 (8-for-22) with a double, triple and three RBIs during the Phillies’ five-game winning streak.
“When he goes, we go,” Ryan Howard said. “I don’t think anybody was worried about what was going on. He got off to a slow start, but that’s why you play 162 games. All that matters is where you are at the end. If he’s hot at the end of the season and we’re hot at the end of the season, nobody will even remember the slow start. You knew at some point he was going to come back and putting it together. We’re used to it. It’s J-Roll being J-Roll.”
Said Charlie Manuel: “Jimmy Rollins is the kind of guy where he loves to play baseball. He’s got a little what I call slick on him. But his is in a real good way, and his personality corresponds to us winning.”
Manuel and Rich Dubee certainly had to make the move to replace Chan Ho Park in the rotation with J.A. Happ. But even if Happ pitches well, the Phillies still have to hope Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton straighten out soon.
Moyer pitches tonight.
Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park and Washington’s Nationals Park are probably the two most underwhelming new ballparks in baseball, in my opinion. There just isn’t anything spectacular about them. While I wasn’t impressed with Citi Field, it has a little more character than these two.
The WWE had an event across the street from the ballpark last night. Rowdy Roddy Piper remains my favorite. Piper’s Pit rocked.