Oct 4, 2012, 3:52 AM EDT
This could be considered taking some journalistic liberties as we paraphrase ever so slightly, but we’re pretty sure what Jimmy Rollins was saying here is the equivalent of, “We’re still the team to beat.”
With the Nationals on their way to the playoffs, and the Phillies headed to the vacation spots of their choosing, J-Roll did not seem so convinced of the natural order of things. We’ll allow the ’07 MVP to describe this season on his own terms, but in summary it’s not much different from what we’ve said all along — that injuries played a prominent role in holding the Phils back first and foremost.
You could argue a club that finished 17 games back in their division wouldn’t be postseason players regardless of injury. Personally, I don’t totally buy the math based on what they accomplished after the All-Star break.
Regardless, here is where we have to stand with Jimmy Rollins. Had the Phillies been even relatively healthy through the first 100 games or so of 2012, how far might they have gone? The Washington Nationals won’t have to think about it this year, but if Rollins and the rest of the clubhouse has their way, it should weigh heavy on opponents’ minds next year.
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