Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins had some interesting comments yesterday in regards to the Phillies’ future. His exact words per MLB.com writer Todd Zolecki were “We’ve just got to make sure we do what we need to do before they blow it up.” This is a bit of a concerning quote from the veteran Rollins. With him thinking he has to look over his shoulder if he doesn’t produce it may affect his on field performance which already has been sub par this season.
Rollins and the Phillies just need to focus on the here and now. Despite playing poorly for much of the season especially at home they still find themselves only 3.5 games behind the suddenly reeling Atlanta Braves. If recently injured and suspended players like Delmon Young and Carlos Ruiz add some much needed offense, Domonic Brown continues to improve, and the veteran core of Rollins, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard play the way they are capable of playing and block the outside noise, the Phillies can actually find themselves in the drivers seat for a NL East Divisional Title.
Despite the Phillies’ record being below .500, the pitching has actually been really strong with Kyle Kendrick having a breakout season, along with recent call up Jonathan Pettibone. The problem is it never seems like the Phillies can get good pitching and hitting on the same night. The pitchers in the rotation are either pitching a gem but the offense is leaving them out to dry, or less often, the offense gets hot while the pitching is suspect.
If the Phillies get their offense and pitching clicking at the same time then they can see themselves relive former glory in raising an NL East banner once again.