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J Roll - "I know whats wrong!"

Postby JRAMI » Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:11 pm

Jimmy Rollins believes he's found hitting glitch
By Andy Martino

Inquirer Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES - Jimmy Rollins was dropped to sixth in the Phillies' batting order yesterday, but he believes he has discovered the cause of his West Coast slump.

The shortstop was 4 for 27 in the first six games of the road trip against San Diego and Los Angeles, after his early-season issues appeared resolved. Rollins was batting .199 on May 15 but improved after that, boosting his average to .230 by Monday, the first game of the trip. He hit .292 (21 for 72) between May 15 and June 2.

But Rollins has struggled for the last week. His primary issue has been the most frustrating of outcomes for a hitter, the pop-up. Tired of hitting the ball weakly in the air, he retreated to the video room after Saturday's game, in which he started on the bench and finished 0 for 2.

Scrutinizing footage of recent games, Rollins discovered a mechanical issue occurring at the moment his bat made contact with the ball: His swing was flat, meaning that his bat dropped less than an inch at contact, causing him to get under the ball and lift it in the air.

"Hitting pop-ups, usually it's something right at the point of contact when your swing is coming off the plane," he said. "Everything is good right before the point of contact - your timing and everything else - but you're flattening out your swing right at that point.

"As opposed to keeping the angle of the bat above the ball, it might just get a little flat where it's level with the ball. When you finish the swing, if you kind of go down, that creates the underneath-the-ball effect, and you pop up."

Rollins then held his thumb and forefinger about an inch apart: "It's literally between here and right there, and that's a pop-up," he said.

He closed his fingers and continued: "That's a line drive."

Opening them again an inch apart: "And that's a pop-up. And it's just that little."

"When I saw it [on Saturday], I was like, 'Oh no, what am I doing?' " he said. "It's not like I'm late, not like I'm early. I'm just down. Now I've got something else to work on."

Manager Charlie Manuel, an expert on the science of hitting, trusted Rollins' diagnosis. "I think he's probably right, because he's underneath the ball," Manuel said. "Popping up is late. Underneath, and late."
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Re: J Roll - "I know whats wrong!"

Postby DbacksRback » Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:59 pm

well his problem was poping up.....but hopefully he finds a way of fixing it because its getting ugly to watch
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Re: J Roll - "I know whats wrong!"

Postby redjake » Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:21 pm

So, neither the hitting coach nor the manager noticed this before now? And, Rollins and Manuel don't seem to necessarily agree on whether he's late.
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Re: J Roll - "I know whats wrong!"

Postby BigL531 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:45 pm

Maybe he's right, just smoked a 2 run bomb off Johan.
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Re: J Roll - "I know whats wrong!"

Postby RenPastana » Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:55 pm

J Roll has been doing this a lot this season...sucks at lead off for a month straight, gets bumped to the back of the line up, then starts hitting... :-°
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Re: J Roll - "I know whats wrong!"

Postby bceagles04 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:57 pm

Well if tonight is what is gonna happen now that he fixed his kink, I'll be quite content.
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Re: J Roll - "I know whats wrong!"

Postby Dan Lambskin » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:00 am

hopefully he starts slappin some big dongs
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Re: J Roll - "I know whats wrong!"

Postby YerInUrine » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:21 am

Dan Lambskin wrote:hopefully he starts slappin some big dongs


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