Rollins' big week garners NL honors
Phillies star shortstop plays key role in sweep of Mets
As big as this week was for the Phillies, it was just as big for Jimmy Rollins.
After collecting multiple hits in each of Philadelphia's seven games and helping lead the Phillies to a 5-2 record that included a sweep of the National League East-leading Mets, Rollins was named NL Player of the Week.
The four-time All-Star shortstop was perhaps the most pivotal catalyst in the Phils' success. He went 17-for-33, hit three homers, stole three bases, scored nine times and became the first Phillie to collect multiple hits in seven consecutive games since Ricky Jordan did it in eight straight contests in 1992.
Even in the middle of the surge, Rollins insisted he wasn't doing anything differently.
"It's nothing special -- I'm finding holes," Rollins said. "Luck of the draw -- some nights you get them, some nights they get you."
As important for the Phillies was when Rollins' production occurred. He homered in the bottom of the eighth last Tuesday to pull the Phillies within a run of the Mets, and Philadelphia would go on to win the game in extra innings.
On Wednesday night, he doubled to lead off the game and was intentionally walked during a ninth-inning rally that would culminate with another come-from-behind win. And, just for good measure, he doubled to lead off Friday's opener with Florida and scored two batters later to give Philadelphia a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Rollins leads all National League shortstops in runs, home runs and RBIs, and his 28 stolen bases are tops on the Philllies.
Rollins' heroics helped the Phils considerably close the gap between themselves and a playoff bid. But with the Mets still cradling a lead in the standings, Rollins knows he'll have to keep up his torrid pace to help keep Philadelphia alive come October.
"No matter how you look at it, we're not in the lead of anything," Rollins said. "Right now, we still don't get to the playoffs."
Tom Keller is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.