Rollins providing steady production leading off

Rollins providing steady production leading off

HOUSTON -- Overlooked a bit in Philadelphia's upswing has been the production of shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who has 20 home runs and 61 RBIs from the leadoff spot entering Saturday's game at Houston.

"When you talk about shortstops I think of [the Yankees' Derek] Jeter, [the Marlins' Jose] Reyes and guys like that," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "His run production is better than those guys."

In Friday's 12-6 win over the Astros, Rollins scored twice and homered to right field off Edgar Gonzalez to lead off the game among his two hits.

Rollins has five leadoff homers this season and his 42 career leadoff homers are a franchise record.

"We've got to talk about our leadoff guy," said Phillies third baseman Kevin Frandsen. "Jimmy's been unbelievable for us. How clutch he's been and his consistent at-bats.

"I feel he gets lost in the shuffle with everyone coming back healthy. He's been there all year for us and works like he always does."