Rollins Returns to MVP Form
They were bad times for the 2007 National League MVP. He had hit just .205 with six home runs, 27 RBIs, a .250 on-base percentage and a .319 slugging percentage through July 1. Fans screamed for Charlie Mauel to drop him in the lineup, especially as he suffered through a career-worst 0-for-28 slump. That slump lasted 14 days and 12 games until he snapped it July 2 in Atlanta.
But since he snapped his hitless streak, Rollins has put up numbers comparable to 2007.
He enters tonight’s series opener against the Pirates hitting .300 (60-for-200) with 18 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs, 31 RBIs, 35 runs scored and 13 stolen bases since July 2. He has a .345 on-base percentage and a .545 slugging percentage.
Other numbers to consider:
- The Phillies are 23-4 when he has scored a run since July 2.
- Shane Victorino (.345) is the only Phillies player hitting better than him in that span.
- Only Ryan Howard (14) and Jayson Werth (14) have hit more homers.
- Only Howard (44) and Werth (36) have more RBIs.
- Only Chase Utley (37) and Victorino (36) have scored more runs.
- Only Werth (.589) and Howard (.586) have a higher slugging percentage.
- He leads the team in doubles.
- He has hit .333 with runners in scoring position.
To put Rollins’ numbers since July 2 into comparison, he hit .296 with a .344 on-base percentage and a .531 slugging percentage in 2007. In other words, he has been playing at his 2007 level for nearly two months.
Brett Myers is expected to pitch tomorrow for Double-A Reading.