Monday, May 11, 2009

The Annual Rollins Lineup Debate

Don't you remember when we wanted Rollins moved down in the lineup in favor of Bobby Abreu? Don't you remember when I determined that a .300 OBP is the "Rollins Line?" We've been down this road before. Oh, the memories...

This year, Jimmy Rollins is doing his best Pat Burrell circa 2003 impersonation and it’s killing the Phillies. Any thoughts of taking him out of the leadoff spot for awhile now?

"You tell me where he can go," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Believe me, I go over that every night. Tell me where we've got a leadoff hitter who can go up there and have an on-base percentage and everything."

I disagree with Charlie on this one. For an extended period of time, the Phillies can’t win if Jimmy Rollins isn’t producing from the top of the lineup. But for one or two games, they have enough lineup flexibility to get him out of the leadoff spot and see if a change of scenery could make a difference.

For example, the Phils see two lefties (Kershaw, Wolf) the next two days. Why not run this lineup out there?

Victorino
Werth
Utley
Howard
Feliz
Ibanez
Rollins
Ruiz

The last game of the series against righty Chad Billingsley is more tricky. Manuel will have to avoid stacking the lefties since the Dodgers have plenty of southpaw relievers. If Jimmy plays, he'll need to stay at the top and keep Werth in the 5-hole. But against a team with few or ineffective lefties in the pen, Manuel could stack the lefties and hit Rollins 7th again.

Corey

68 comments:

G-Dogg said...

I agree, a move down might be good for a game or two. He'll eventually start hitting though. Remember Howard from last year? Remember Rollins from every other year? Remember Danny Sandoval?

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I'm down with that line-up change, in fact given a few games, i wouldn't be surprised if we saw a nice run surge

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GM-Carson said...

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I agree with Corey take of dropping J-Roll in the lineup.

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Rich said...

The Phillie's line up should be 1 Victorino 2 Werth 3 Utley 4 Howard 5 Rollins 6 Ibanez 7 Feliz 8 Ruiz what do you think???

Rich said...

Rollins is not a lead off hitter. I think he is a 6 or 7 hitter. I have him 5 because instead of Ibanez because there would be three left handed bats in a row.

G-Dogg said...

Batting around .200, he's a liability anywhere in the lineup. But when he's going good I still like him in the leadoff spot. Granted he's not a "prototypical" leadoff guy, but he was good enough to win a World Series batting there.

Rich said...

Victorino is a better lead off hitter

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Anyway, Rollins is killing them right now, I agree...I don't know about moving him though. I mean, the obvious alternative is Victorino, but I worry about screwing with Jimmy's head if we yank him out of the leadoff hole. I wonder if putting Shane leadoff and Jimmy second might shake things up without pissing off J-Roll too much...?

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