Rollins rewards Manuel's faith with big night

Rollins rewards Manuel's faith with big night

NEW YORK -- Jimmy Rollins entered Wednesday's series finale against the Mets with a .286 on-base percentage, which ranked 148th out of 170 players in baseball.

His .572 on-base-plus-slugging percentage ranked 163rd.

But Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he has no plans to drop Rollins from the leadoff spot.

"He's been there ever since I've been here, and at the same time, I'd like to know who else I could put up there," Manuel said. "You always ask me the same questions. He's been our leadoff hitter. There's guys I can put there, but I like him better than anybody I've got, I guess."

Maybe Rollins' ears were burning from the talk before the game because he went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run in a 10-6 victory over the Mets.

Asked why Rollins is struggling, Manuel said, "It's kind of been the way things have been going for him. He usually hits a ball a night hard -- some nights he gets a couple hits, some nights when he hits that ball hard, he doesn't get any. That gets back to the consistency part."