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Is a Lack of J-Roll What Ails the Phillies?



    Is a Lack of J-Roll What Ails the Phillies?
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    Jimmy Rollins could possibly be what ails the Phillies.

    The Phillies won Wednesday night but for the most part winning games has been an irregularity for the defending National League champs during the past month.

    Since destroying the Pirates 12-2 on May 17 to move to a National League best 24-13 record -- five games up in the NL East -- the Phillies have gone 9-17 and fallen back 3.5 games in the division.

    May 17 wasn’t only the last time the Phillies sat atop the mountain -- it was also the day that Jimmy Rollins returned from a calf injury that he suffered at the start of the second week of the season.

    J-Roll’s return was short lived as he played only five games (including May 17) until he tweaked the right calf again. In those games the Phillies were 3-2.

    Since J-Roll went down the Phillies have struggled to score runs or even put up a fight on most days, looking lackadaisical at best.’s Danny Knobler thinks J-Roll’s absence is the reason the Phillies have struggled so much and it’s not just because of what he does on the diamond.

    "…The most important Phillie is the one who isn't here, the one whose absence has helped turn the Phillies offense quiet, and has turned their clubhouse quiet, too," Knobler said.

    "Without Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies just aren't the same."

    Knobler might have a point. And he also has some sources it seems to back up his viewpoint.

    "(Rollins)' a swagger guy. And right now, they look like they're a little too cool for school," a scout told CBS Sports.

    So is that it? Will all be solved as the two-time defending NL Champs return to the top when Rollins likely returns this weekend?

    What do you think?