Rollins Gets the Green Light
He had the green light.
Charlie Manuel likes giving the green light to good hitters in 3-0 counts. If they get a good pitch to hit in that situation, why not swing? Rollins is 4-for-7 with a double, two home runs and six RBIs when he puts a ball in play on a 3-0 count. (He also has walked 120 times in that situation.)
Asked if he might return Rollins to the leadoff spot Friday against the Red Sox, Manuel said he probably would think about that after he takes a shower.
“I don’t want to think about Charlie in the shower,” Rollins replied.
Danys Baez pitched a scoreless eighth inning (after Antonio Bastardo allowed a solo homer to tie the game). He is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in nine appearances this month.
Baez is 1-1 with a 5.29 ERA in 18 appearances after a rough April.
“I don’t feel that I pitched bad last month,” Baez said. “It’s just that I had a couple bad outings. If you have a bad outing in the bullpen, it takes two or three months to fix your ERA.
“It’s a really long season. It’s a long season. You’ve got to keep working hard. Hopefully it’s a longer season than the seasons I’ve had in the past seven years.”
Baez spent previous season with Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Cleveland. He has not pitched in the postseason since 2001 with the Indians.