Jimmy Rollins is back in Philadelphia for an MRI on his pulled hamstring and could land on the disabled list for the third time this season.
Beerleaguer: Rollins, who is having his second-straight 85-ish OPS+ season, was finally starting to hit a little, but his absence didn’t prevent the Phillies from picking up two-of-three from the Mets, with Wilson Valdez’s arm having a coming-out party, second only to Roy Oswalt’s cannon. (That’s pitching, kids). It's said that as J-Roll goes, so go the Phillies. Turns out that as J-Roll goes, the Phillies will go anyway:Valdez: Team Record in Appearances: 53-41 / in Starts: 40-34
Rollins: Team Record in Appearances: 51-31 / in Starts: 51-30
Now, to be clear, J-Roll has the superior line. And nobody would deny that J-Roll is the superior player. But consider the context of these numbers. Many of these wins, occurring after his second DL-stint, came in the post-Oswalt era, in which the starting rotation and bullpen have been brilliant. True, the Phillies have experienced their typical second-half surge, but one can’t in good conscience say that J-Roll’s .640 second-half OPS has much to do with it, let alone anyone else from the starting lineup. He's been the lineup's worst producer by a significant margin.
Frankly, it may be time to divorce oneself from the “as Jimmy goes” mantra once and for all. These sprains and strains are happening with sobering regularity, he's been a middling hitter for two seasons and on a team with Oswalt, Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay, winning no longer falls on J-Roll's shoulders.