10/17/10 12:16 AM ET
Scuffling Rollins may move to leadoff spot
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Rollins, a switch-hitter, batted .297 with a .368 on-base percentage as a right-handed batter against left-handed pitchers during the regular season. It's a relatively small sample -- 125 plate appearances -- but much better than his .218/.297 marks against right-handed pitchers.All four of Rollins' at-bats in Game 1 came against right-handers. He popped out against Giants starter Tim Lincecum with a runner at second base and one out in the second inning -- though plate umpire Derryl Cousins tried to send Rollins back to the dugout a pitch earlier, accidentally using his strike-three motion on a 2-1 pitch. Rollins then whiffed in each of his next three at-bats, against Lincecum in the fourth and the sixth, as well as closer Brian Wilson with the tying run at first base in the eighth. "It got worse as the night went on, unfortunately," Rollins said. "I want Jimmy Rollins to hit, of course," Manuel said. "I'm very concerned about him hitting. But I also think we have to get him hitting, too. We need to try to get him hitting." Rollins, sitting on a clubhouse countertop with a swarm of reporters around him, appeared ready to smile his way through his slump. "Confidence is unshakable," he said. "If you lose that, you don't have a chance. It's just executing -- that's the part that becomes difficult. But I was in there looking at some footage and I see what I'm doing. It's just a matter of feeling it. When you feel it, you can make that correction. I'm all right."