Thursday, December 25, 2014

Jimmy Rollins in the First

Jimmy Rollins has hit most of his career home runs in the first inning.

Jimmy Rollins in the First

Jimmy Rollins homered as the Phillies beat the Padres, 3-2. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Jimmy Rollins homered as the Phillies beat the Padres, 3-2. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Jimmy Rollins, who clubbed his 38th leadoff home run Sunday (at left), has more first-inning home runs (41) in his career than in any other inning. (He hit three first-inning home runs early in his career while batting second.)

But his HR/AB percentage for the initial frame (2.80%) is second to that in the fourth inning, when he goes long more than four percent of the time.

By the way, the Phillies are now 10-2 in the last 12 games in which has hit a leadoff home run.

Here are Rollins' career HR by inning:

 Inning      AB  HR   Pct.
 1st  1465  41  2.80%
 2nd    425  10  2.35%
 3rd  1015  20  1.97%
 4th    535  22  4.11%
 5th    835  21  2.51%
 6th    654  17  2.60%
 7th    728  13  1.79%
 8th    711  14  1.97%
 9th    501  10  2.00% 
 X-Inn.    128     3  2.34%
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