Apr 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) celebrates after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Pirates 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Rollins Heating Up Since Move To Leadoff Spot

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While the Philadelphia Phillies are off to a slow start to the season scoring runs, Jimmy Rollins is heating up, being one of few standout stars.

At age 34 and coming off a year in which he hit .250, many fans speculated about how much Rollins had left in his bat, contact wise. But so far, he is continuing to rack up the hits, runs, and RBIs. In 20 games, Rollins is batting .273 with 1 homerun, 7 RBI’s, and 21 hits. He also has 7 doubles, 1 triple, and 3 stolen bases.

Rollins started off the season batting second behind Ben Revere, but lately he has been moved to his comfort-zone, the leadoff spot. And since moving to the leadoff spot, his bat appears to have turned thing around from what was a very mediocre start.

Last night Rollins knocked in two RBI’s, including a game winner in the seventh that was his 800th career RBI.

J-Roll is the longest tenured Phillie, and has held down the leadoff spot since the early 2000’s. And while I was in favor of Ben Revere being the Phil’s leadoff hitter in 2013, it appears that J-Roll is better off setting the table for the Fightins’ in 2013.

Apr 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) hits an RBI single during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Pirates 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

 

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