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3 Hole 4 J-Roll

April 3rd, 2011 by Christian | Comments Off on 3 Hole 4 J-Roll | Filed in General

Has Rollins Found His Niche?

Gotta give credit where credit is due.  J-Roll has been looking great in the 3 hole so far this season.   I know it’s just three games, but he’s 6 for 12 and sporting a gaudy .500 batting average, with 4 runs scored!  He’s also taken two walks (no kidding) and only struck out once.  His on-base percentage is .571 (wow!).  I know these three games were against the lowly Astros, but a good start is a good start is a good start, and nothing succeeds like success, and so on and so on.

I really like this spot in the lineup for Rollins, much better than lead-off, because I think pitchers do not want to walk him in front of Ryan Howard so Jimmy will get more good pitches to hit.  And then when Jimmy gets on, Howard will get more fastballs (which he handles a tad better than curves) because opposing pitchers won’t want Rollins to steal on an off-speed pitch.  I like what I see.  I’ve been begging for two years for Charlie Manuel to break up the Chase Utle-Ryan Howard duo in the lineup, and it’s unfortunate that it took an injury to do it, but this batting order is much more dynamic when you don’t have those two lefties back-to-back.  The league had caught up to them and the better bullpens were manned with lefty specialists employed for the specific task of mowing down Utley & Howard.  Can’t do that anymore!

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Fans Welcome Cliff Lee Back

April 3rd, 2011 by Christian | Comments Off on Fans Welcome Cliff Lee Back | Filed in General

Video is not the greatest, but the love affair resumes!

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