Jimmy Rollins spoke tonight about his four-game layoff and persistent slump. Asked if the break was counterproductive, he said he didn’t think so, but that he is still trying to find whatever it is he has lost:
“I don’t feel worse, so that’s a good thing…For a few days, I could go to that hotel and not worry about baseball. I was on vacation. I was on vacation in the clubhouse.
“But that’s what (Manuel) wanted me to do. He didn’t want me to worry about the results or anything, but that’s not natural. But the point was just to do whatever, and don’t worry about the team’s performance. In a sense, be greedy. Take care of yourself and don’t worry about anybody else. But that’s just not me. I hear what he’s saying, but it’s kind of hard for me to be like that.”
More on Rollins in the game story, and more on Hamels, who swears he’s healthy, though his velocity did seem down after the third inning. He said he was struggling to locate and execute his pitches, and would consult video of previous seasons and consult with Jamie Moyer.
The thing with Hamels and Rollins and the entire team is that everyone is in head-scratching mode. And the Marlins are knockin’, just half a game out of first.
Remember, there is a lot of season left, and the league mostly stinks. With this terrible stretch of baseball, the Phils might have crossed some kind of line that a championship team shouldn't cross, but they didn’t cross the ultimate line.