Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Jimmy Rollins Might Suck Now

Jimmy Rollins won the MVP in 2007. Since then, things haven't gone so well for Young James.
         Avg    OPS
2007 .296 .875
2008 .277 .786
2009 .250 .719
2010 .232 .725
Injuries have taken a toll on Jimmy. He started the season well and after his second stint on the DL Jimmy had three hits against the Blue Jays on June 27 to raise his average to .311. But he's lost 80 points on his average in about three weeks and is 2 for his last 20.

It's hard to find a good shortstop so even a light-hitting Rollins is valuable, but given the steady decrease in production, it's time to reassess his role in the lineup. He should probably be moved down in the lineup but philosophically it might be time to stop thinking about Jimmy as key offensive cog. When Utley comes back he becomes the 7-hole hitter with Victorino moving up.

Jimmy will be 32 next season and will be making $8.5 in the last year of his contract with the Phils. It's been a great contract for the Phils but if Jimmy's trends continue it will be interesting to see what this team will offer him. Of course, a lot of things can happen in a year and a half.

21 comments:

Rich Baxter said...

The entire team is in an 'extended funk' but I don't think it lasts all season.

The season is far from over and the Phillies will be back to full strength by August, and this will all be a bad memory.

Rich - http://www.fightinphillies.com

GM-Carson said...

Rich, I disagree, I think this season will be a bad memory.

J-Roll's health is the major problem. But that's part of the equation for a aging shortstop that relies on speed and power, both difficult to produce when banged up.

GM-Carson said...

Jim Salisbury is reporting Kendrick to AAA and Andrew Carpenter up. That's weird, because shouldn't Happ be ready by now. Unless Amaro is trading for a starter within the week...

Preserve Jon said...

I remember reading somewhere that Vic said when he injured his calf, it dogged him for the rest of the year. Perhaps Jimmy is playing with caution to avoid reinjuring himself. At the very least, this could affect his mental preparedness.

I've officially seen enough of Raul Ibanez. He could hit .400 the rest of the way and it wouldn't change my mind. On top of his bat being slow, he consistently drops the bat head rendering his swing unbalanced. His slowness in the field is allowing the opposition to take an extra base from first to third and second to home. When was the last time this guy had an assist?

We could replace him with D'Brown, but there's no guarantee that Brown'll hit lefties the way Ibanez is supposed it. And there's the matter of Ibanez's unwieldy contract.

I'm straight down on the Phils. I'm getting hitched in October, now at least I don't have to worry about missing the World Series when I'm on the honeymoon.

ripjgarcia said...

They can call Carpenter up for a few days before making a decision be it trade/J.A. Happ before the next start in that spot in the rotation. That is the way I see it.

ripjgarcia said...

Happ is scheduled to pitch tonight. Whether he does.. or only throws maybe 3 innings is probably a good barometer of things to come.

Andrew said...

I'm heading out to the game on Sat. Supposed to be Jimenez pitching for the winning team and KK for the Phils. With KK gone, I sure hope we don't counter Ubaldo with Carpenter..

GM-Carson said...

I'm down on the Phillies too and it's not because I'm a Negative Nancy. This team is beat up and the people that are healthy just aren't getting it done.

Ryan Howard is lighting it up in the 2nd half as per usual, but the supporting cast isn't there for him. I can't stand Ibanez. Raul's signings have almost all turned to shit. Polanco, Victorino, Ruiz, and Howard yet to be determined, but Ibanez, Blanton, Baez, Lidge, Madson, Castro, Contreras, and others that I can't think of off the top of my head are just bad. And that's not even mentioning the Lee trade...oops, just did.

SirAlden said...

Maybe they want to give Carpenter One Start to showcase him as the last body in a trade.

Maybe.

It is also fair to Carpenter to see his 5th Starterness and how it goes in the Majors.

ACSmitty79 said...

I know it's a sin to mention this in Phillies land, but I wonder what one could get back for Utley? He's had the hip and thumb injuries and he's 31. The avg age on this squad is around 32. That's a team headed into the ground in a season or 2, regardless of health.

If I'm able to get a boatload back for him AND move Jimmy, i've retooled this team and changed the sloppy, laize faire attitude at the same time.

GM-Carson said...

Blasphemy!!!!

Speak not of suck atrocity ever again.

njh723 said...

headed into the ground?! last i checked, we have aumont, ramirez, and gilles. consider us retooled...

god, i hope this team turns it around soon

GM-Carson said...

"Jimmy swings at the first pitch and pops it up for an out.", is a phrase I wish wasn't part of the Phillies lexicon.

Andrew said...

what happened to moyer?

Corey said...

elbow strain for moyer.

i can't help but think, with his last few performances, was this a developing injury?

obviously we don't know the extent of the injury, but it can't be good for moyer. wouldn't be surprised if we watched the last game for jamie moyer.

Dr. Steve said...

Pack it in. The season is over.

Andrew said...

Time to call Pedro. Or can we coax Smoltz out of retirement?

Preserve Jon said...

If there were any doubt - and there wasn't - Baez is officially useless.

GM-Carson said...

Baez is and has been horrible, complete waste of a million or so dollars.

Smoltz and/or Pedro ain't gonna fix this team.

GM-Carson said...

Rumors:
Werth to Tampa

Oswalt to Philly

Brown starts in RF

Happ leaves to Houston

Prospects gained for Werth

Why bother?

Bob D said...

Can Ruben include me in the trade to say Pittsburgh then I can go root for the other PA team? That maybe a good thing in 2 years anyway.