Oriole Way wrote:Rollins sucking is reason #1. Howard's sucking BA wise and K wise hurts, but he's still put up monster numbers when he does get hits. Just imagine if Howard struck out less and was hittting .260-.275. Could mean a good amount of runs for their offense.
But Rollins is the main culprit. Without him setting the table and creating havoc on the bases, the whole lineup suffers.
as bad as rollins has been, its not just him. utley is also another culprit, when he goes into these huge stretches without productivity. same applies to howard and burrell, and victorino in the beginning of the season. not to mention jenkins has stunk, as have both catchers for the most part. in general the lineup from 6-8 has been bad, and for long stretches everywhere from 1-5 have been too. its just frustrating to watch, BUT, big BUT, you've seen what each of these guys have been able to do when they're clicking. each individual im talking about. think about how scary it would be to have utley hitting .330 for a month or so with his usual power, one of howard's 12 month hr's, one of burrell's 1.200 OPS months, victorino hitting .300 with some pop and speed, and jimmy pretending to be an mvp again. we've seen them all do this, just never at once.