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Jimmy Rollins has been on fire for the past month

Jun 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Philadelphia’s decision to re-sign Jimmy Rollins looked like a mess two months into his three-year, $33 million contract, as the former MVP hit just .224 with one homer and a .558 OPS through 47 games.

At age 33 and coming off back-to-back sub-.400 slugging percentage seasons it was starting to look like Rollins’ power was gone, but instead he’s been an extra-base hit machine since then.

Rollins went 2-for-5 with a homer and a double last night and is now 38-for-110 (.345) with seven homers, 10 doubles, and two triples in his last 25 games. During that time he raised his batting average from .224 to .268 and his OPS from .558 to .734, both of which are right around his career marks of .272 and .760.

Whether or not that means the Phillies will eventually regret giving Rollins a three-year commitment remains to be seen, but as they try to claw their way back into the playoff picture his re-emergence along with Chase Utley‘s impending return has to have fans feeling at least a little bit optimistic.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Aaron, how dare you use valuable blog space to write a positive Phillies article when you could’ve wrote a sonnet about Bryce Harper.

  2. ame123 - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    He had a baby right around the time of the turnaround. Perhaps his attention and focus were preoccupied with that.

    • pharmerbrown - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      Sheesh. Baseball players and their family priorities are destroying my fantasy squad and faith in humanity in general! How dare they let their play suffer when they have a kid, or miss a game because their wie is delivering a baby…

  3. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Had i known you were writing this i wouldn’t have looked up and posted his stats since his wife had a baby in this morning’s ATH…

    hisgirlgotburrelled – Jun 26, 2012 at 9:21 AM
    In the first 42 games before taking his 3-days for paternity leave, Jimmy Rollins was batting .229/.295/.283 with 1 HR and 7 RBI. Since then, in 31 games .316/.345/.581 with 7 HR’s and 19 RBI.

  4. Joe - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Not that you’d know it from the chorus of Rollins-bashers over at the philly news site. The guy’s got more derogatory nicknames than I can remember: J-Stroll, Jimmy Poppins, J-Pop, Joggin’ Jimmy, Jim-Me, etc., etc. The guy could hit for the cycle with eight RBIs and four runs scored and all you’d hear about from these people is the one at-bat where he failed to sprint full-speed to first base on a routine ground-out.

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