Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Rollins' Triple Drought

Jimmy Rollins has gone 82 games without a three-bagger.

Rollins' Triple Drought

(Ben Margot/AP)
(Ben Margot/AP)

Jimmy Rollins has been stuck on 99 career triples since May 3. He has gone a career-high 82 games without a three-bagger.

In fact, since Sept. 19, 2010 — a span covering 138 games — Rollins has just one triple.

Rollins is shown above sliding into third with triple No. 97 last July to tie Richie Ashburn for fourth place on the Phils' all-time list. He is now four behind Sam Thompson (103) for third place.

Rollins' longest triple droughts, with dates of the book-ending triples:

82 games       May 3, 2011
63 games Aug. 25, 2008 May 16, 2009
61 games June 25, 2003 Sept. 6, 2003
55 games Sept. 18, 2010      May 3, 2011
49 games May 16, 2009 July 19, 2009
46 games Sept. 30, 2007 June 15, 2008    
43 games May 7, 2006 June 26, 2006
39 games April 5, 2010 July 24, 2010
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