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Rollins Can Be A Beast vs. East

Jimmy Rollins has had a good year against most of the Phillies' NL East opponents.

Rollins Can Be A Beast vs. East

Jimmy Rollins is hitting .300 this season against every team in the NL East, except the Braves. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
Jimmy Rollins is hitting .300 this season against every team in the NL East, except the Braves. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

Jimmy Rollins is hitting .300 this season against every team in the NL East ... except the Braves, who visit Citizens Bank Park for a three-game set starting Friday.

His home run in Florida Wednesday was his eighth of the season, half of which have come against the Marlins.

And although he is batting just .189 against the Braves this year, five of his seven hits have been doubles.

His 2011 intradivison numbers:

vs.     Marlins Mets Nats    Braves
Games 12 9 9 9
Hits-AB 17-53    11-36    11-36 7-37
  Doubles 3 1 0 5
  Triples 0 0 1 0
  Home Runs 4 0 0 0
  Total Bases 32 12 13 12
Runs 12 3 4 5
RBI 11 3 3 1
Walks 4 7 3 3
Strikeouts 3 7 2 2
Batting Avg.       .321 .306 .306 .189
On-Base Pct. .368 .409 .359 .250
Slugging Pct. .604 .333 .361 .324
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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