The fact that Jimmy Rollins is the hottest hitter in the National League --
having hit safely in 24 consecutive games as of Monday -- matters little to
him. It's the timing of his hot streak that does.
The Phillies are in the hunt for their first playoff appearance in 12 years
and the All-Star shortstop has emerged as a consistent threat to opponents.
Last week, Rollins led the National League with 14 hits, 11 runs and four
stolen bases and was tied for the league lead with four doubles and a
triple, while batting .452 (14-31). In recognition of his week, Rollins has
been named the Bank of America National League Player of the Week for the
week of Sept. 12-18.
As part of the award, Bank of America will make a $1,000 donation to the
Little League Urban Initiative on behalf of Rollins.
The Phillies are 1 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros in the National
League Wild Card race. Last week, they won five of seven games against National League East-leading Atlanta and Florida, who is now a game
behind Philly in the Wild Card standings.
"That's what matters most," Rollins said. "You have to
get on base and score runs, and it's nice to be doing it in the fashion I'm
doing it in. The W's matter."
Rollins' seventh-inning triple in Sunday's game against the Marlins extended
his hitting streak to 24. That is currently the longest streak in the NL
and the second-longest in the Majors this season. He is tied with Willie
Montanez (1974) for the second-longest in the Phillies franchise's modern
history (post-1900), behind Chuck Klein (26, twice in 1930).
"He's putting together some short, quick swings," said manager Charlie
Manuel. "He's popping the ball and seeing it good. I think it revs his
engine. When he comes out the next day, it puts a little more spunk in his
Rollins also added a home run, seven RBIs and 23 total bases, a .742
slugging percentage and a .485 on-base percentage to pace the Phillies to a
5-2 record for the week. On Saturday, he scored runs No. 100 and 101, making
him the first shortstop in team history to score over 100 runs in
The Phils open a six-game homestand with a crucial three-game series
against the Braves on Tuesday.
"This is definitely what you play for," Rollins said.
Stephen A. Norris is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.