Rollins, his average down to .237 - more than 100 points lower than it was five weeks earlier - found his name in the number six hole of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets. CF Shane Victorino, whose May average is nearly double that of Rollins' (.388 to .200), was atop the lineup card and went 1-for-4 with a walk in the Phils' 5-3 win.
"It worked (Thursday)," manager Charlie Manuel said of the switch. "Let's see if it works again (Friday)." (Victorino went 1-for-5 and Rollins was 1-for-4 on Friday.)
"Jimmy's a team player. He's fine with it. When he's hitting good he feasts on that leadoff role. When he starts struggling and isn't hitting like he can, (moving down in the order) can help him."
Indeed, Rollins was in good spirits and showing not even a hint of a sulk after the game.
"Shane led the way," said Rollins, who is in a 24-for-126 (.191) funk since April 18, when his average was .339 and he had hits in 11 of the first 13 games of the season. "If it's long-term thing, then I'll have a chance to drive in runs."
Rollins has been a streaky player almost from the start of his career. This funk comes on the heels of a scorching run in which he hit in 38 consecutive games and 49 of 51 games over the final five weeks of last season and the start of this season.
Rollins said his streaky behavior at the plate doesn't have him feeling rock-bottom low.
"It's like I'm hovering right above the ground," he said with a grin. "I know that better days are coming, as long as we get the win I have another day to work on it. I'm holding onto (his teammates') coattails until I get it together."
NOTES and QUOTES:
THE NUMBERS GAME: .158 - Jimmy Rollins' average against left-handed pitchers this season (through May 19). He entered the season batting .281 lifetime against LHPs - 10 points higher than his average against RHPs.