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While the Phillies started the season terribly, their shortstop has been on fire. Jimmy Rollins is hitting .298 with seven HR and 14 RBI.

Most impressively, Rollins spent the first few games doing something he has rarely done in the past — he took pitches.

Jimmy Rollins

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Rollins was asked for the reason for his fast start.

“Maturity,” he said.

In what way?

“In a lot of ways,” he said with a laugh.

How about patience at the plate? Entering yesterday’s games, Rollins was tied for second in the league in pitches per plate appearance at 4.50. He was tied for sixth in the league with eight walks. If Rollins continues to get on base like he has, he and the hitters behind him could put up some big numbers.

Seven games into the season, Rollins’ newfound patience seemed like a miracle. Now, just a week and a half later, it seems like a fluke. As ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick points out, Rollins has returned to his free-swinging ways.

From ESPN.com:

Here’s Rollins in a nutshell: He walked eight times in the Phillies’ first seven games this season, and didn’t draw another walk in the next 12 games. Maybe he’s just bored taking those four pitches outside the zone and jogging down to first.

It seems Phillies coaches are learning the hard way what almost any woman could have told them: you can’t change a man. Rollins is a hacker. Always has been, always will be. So I guess we all better accept it.

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  1. Damn, 4 homers in a row! I’ve only ever seen that done on Xbox (I’ve done it myself, with the BoSox, against the Yanks believe it or not). Anyways, nice going Sox.

    I also liked the Eephus pitch reference in the Dice-K column. I thought that was cool.

    Hehehe. ‘Eephus’.

  2. Let me qualify this by saying I’m a Yankees fan, more than that I’m a baseball fan. With that said, and not to sound like a jerk or anti-red sox, the Yankees had a Single A pitcher in and they have 4 starters on the DL. While it was a great feat – historical, monumental, etc the Sox took 4 innings to knock around a Single A pitcher.

    In other news… ESPN was quick to mention that the 2nd (I believe) of the four 4 consecutive hr games was in 1963, and it involved Terry Francona’s father, what they didn’t mention was that the very first (in 1961) involved Joe Torre who was the 5th batter, and grounded out to end the streak.

  3. yougottabelieve says:

    My main concern with the team so far is that Papi and Manny haven’t been Papi and Manny. As much as the team has going in terms of well rounded players, without the bad boys of summer, we don’t quite have that extra “oomph.”

    This couldn’t have been more obvious than when Manny just lit us on fire, or more like lit that poor rookie pitcher on fire. Welcome to the majors, kid.

    Manny said at the top of the game that tonight was the night, and I guess it was. Jason’s a spectacular captain, and a great player, but Big Papi and Manny are the foundation on which our scoring is built. Summer’s here, and the bash brothers are back in town.

  4. Manny usually has a slow start from what I remember… and he’ll be sure to hit 30 something HRs and over 100 RBIs, he’s a machine.

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