That is the answer. The question: why is Jimmy Rollins batting lead-off?
With all the problems the Phils have had lately with their pitching staff, the call to get J-Roll out of the lead-off spot has waned. Well, not with this guy.
Rollins OBP after last game is .307 (dangerously close to the dipping below the "Rollins Line.") He has one walk in the last 9 games. He raised his average a week ago to .255, but is back down below the "quarter mark" at .248, so it's not like he's ripping the ball and wants to get as many swings as he can. As a lead-off hitter, this is unacceptable.
Yet, he continues in the spot. Why? Is Bobby Abreu reluctant to move their? Is Charlie Manuel reluctant to move him their? What about Chase Utley? Even Aaron Rowand would be better than J-Roll at this point. Honestly, I can't even pretend to make up answers to these questions.
What I do know is, you can't have a lead-off batter getting on at a .300 clip and Charlie Manuel has to make a change. This one is on him.
In the meantime, a few years ago Rollins spent some time in California with hitting guru and personal fav of mine, Tony Gwynn. Well, it's time for Rollins to back to Cali "(going going, back back , to Cali Cali" - Notorius BIG.) But not to see Gwynn. No, this time he needs to talk to the greatest. The Dali Lama of leadoff hitters. The man who set a table better than Mr. Belvedere...Rickey Henderson. All-time leader in steals and runs, 2nd all-time in walks. Career OBP of .401. If that doesn't work, nothing will...