But that's OK, according to manager Ryne Sandberg, because Rollins appears to finally have his swing down. Going into Saturday night's game against the Mets, Rollins has a hit in six straight games and in eight of his last nine. Slowly, thanks to batting .412 (14 for 34) in the last eight games, Rollins is boosting his batting average.
But those homers and that home run swing might be a thing of the past.
"I've notice a lot more walks. I've noticed that he is using the whole diamond and getting hits up the middle and to the opposite field. And I see his on-base percentage and his batting average going up," Sandberg said. "I see a different mind-set as far as hitting line drives and using the whole field, and he is having success with that.
"He's a very good base runner and he's very good at going first to third and he's good at scoring runs when he gets on base. He has good base-running skills and it's fun to watch."
In other words, Sandberg and Rollins have chatted about finding ways for the shortstop to get on base more often.
"I mentioned to him about hitting at the top of the order and scoring runs and applying his base-running skills and how that's one of his biggest assets for the team going forward," Sandberg said. "With that has come line drives and doubles. It's not about not swinging for power because he still has the natural doubles power and when he did hit a home run [on Sept. 11] I thought that was the result of having good at-bats leading up to that. That's the full package -- hit for average, get on base, have a chance to score runs and I think doubles are power numbers. He's had a lot of doubles the last month. That's good, too."
The renewed focus on his game as a soon-to-be 35-year old, along with a strong finish bodes well for Rollins. Yes, Rollins has been durable and injury free the last two seasons, though not as productive as he would like.
Perhaps that's about to change.
1.) Cesar Hernandez, cf
2.) Jimmy Rollins, ss
3.) Chase Utley, 2b
4.) Carlos Ruiz, c
5.) Dom Brown, lf
6.) Darin Ruf, 1b
7.) Cody Asche, 3b
8.) John Mayberry Jr., rf
9.) Tyler Cloyd, p