Friday, July 2, 2010

Philadelphia Phillies' 10 Item Checklist to Overtake the Braves and Mets- Part 4

Toronto Blue Jays' Fred Lewis (R) reacts next to Philadelphia Phillies short stop Jimmy Rollins after reaching second base on a fielding error during the fourth inning of their MLB interleague baseball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania June 26, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Part 4 of 12

3. Jimmy Rollins stays healthy

The mid-May to mid-June swoon highlighted the importance of Jimmy Rollins to the team's success. The Phillies with (15-5) and without (26-29) records seem to provide the greatest testimony— a 277-point differential in winning percentage if you are doing the math. 

J-Roll is the igniter at the top of the line-up. He is the anchor of the defense. And, he's the vital organ that injects energy and swagger throughout the ball club. 

If the Phillies hope to bring home  another division title, Rollins will have to be on the field and providing that important spark to his teammates.

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