Jimmy Rollins, perhaps the worst starting player in the majors from April to June, has turned it on in July. As we head into the All-Star break, Good Jimmy returns. You all know the one; the one with the walks, the steals, the solid hitting. That one. He hit .381 through yesterday, getting on base 50% of the time. He’s nabbed six steals and smacked five doubles. Hell, the man has 10 walks in the last 12 games…he walked just 16 times throughout the first 69 games he played.
So what happened? Looks like a light just turned on where he’s now laying off crap and waiting for his pitch. Seems the four game benching he had at the end of June worked. If there’s one thing Charlie Manuel knows, it’s how his players tick. It looked for a time as though Manuel was about to boil over in anger when the Phillies went through their nasty stretch in June. However, they’ve righted the ship, led by one Jimmy Rollins at the top of the order. He’s been instrumental in getting things started by reaching first base any way possible. Good Jimmy is back, I can feel it. And we all know the greatest baseball analysis comes straight from your gut, put there by the baseball gods.