Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 3/13/13
Photo Courtesy of Renee Cendrowski. “So as Jimmy Rollins goes, so do the Phillies.” This statement said by many over the years, is as relevent this season as every other. Rollins some have said is on the decline and his best years are behind him. Rollins made a strong case to the contrary last season, finishing with 23 home runs after playing in 156 games. His batting average dropped 18 points over the previous season to .250, which is where many are hanging their hat on “the decline”. Last season was like no other in recent Phillies memory. To keep in mind that Rollins was “the guy” for half  the season certainly had a lot to do with the lower batting average. This season will be different for Rollins simply because the Phillies are different. Rollins will return to the top of the order where he belongs. He will also be pitched much different from last season with a healthy Howard and Utley. The top of the Phillies lineup upgraded by the trade for Revere and also with a healthy #3 and #4 in the batting order. Can Rollins take the Phillies where they need to be? So as Rollins goes, he doesn’t need to hit 23 home runs does he? Getting on base and back to making contact, is how the Phillies need Rollins to go.  Similar Posts: Phillies role player review: Freddy Galvis, Kevin Frandsen Phillies to sign Durbin in a move that strengthens bullpen Phillies signing of Delmon Young, who’s the odd man out? 2013 Phillies bullpen, best in the majors? Phillies Odds and Ends: Revere, Brown, starting pitching
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