“You are Scott the Rock, you are rockin and rollin. I wanna rock with you all night and party everyday.” (quotation from a Scott Rolen fan that encounters his favorite player working at a drive-thru window in one of the very humourous Blue Jay advertisments this season.)
Scott Rolen has been a big suprise for the Blue Jays this season, hitting .325 and playing ‘rock solid’ defense at 3rd base. Never do I doubt Rolen’s ability to make a play at third base when the ball is hit in his direction. It is very reassuring to Jay’s starters to have a spectacular infielder like Rolen, especially during a Halladay start that often induces multiple groundballs. This season, Rolen has made a notable transition at the plate from previous years. He is hitting for a high average, but not nearly getting the power numbers that a player of his stature – when he is hitting for a high average – is accustomed to. Rolen made a significant transition in his stance, and batting stroke this offseason. He lowered his shoulder at the plate in response lingering problems in the area. By doing this, Rolen was able to shorten his stroke, giving himself better timing and plate coverage. The down side of that is keeping the shoulder high in a hitting position allows the batter the generate more power. With Rolen’s shoulder problems, this was a fair trade-off as his average is now soaring to (if it keeps up) a career high. Homeruns can definately be overrated. The new compact hitting and durable Scott Rolen is having a great impact on the team now. Can he keep it up? Cue mon!!! He is a rock! Que Bob Segar here … ‘Like a rock.’
Marco Scutaro made one of the most ‘heads up’ plays that I’ve seen in a long time yesterday in Philadelphia. On a ball four from Phillies starting pitcher, Joe Blanton, Scutaro alertly stole second base seeing that Blanton and the Phillies middle infield of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley were not paying attention. How he did it? I don’t know? But with plays like that, you can definately tell the competitive drive that Scutaro possesses. He works works walk, gets on base, steals, and earns everything he gets. A very fine season Marco Scutaro is having, and I think All-Star consideration is not off limits to him. Here is an earlier derivative design of Scutaro that applies as much today, as it did when I made it last season.
To conclude. Go Jays! Way to sweep the World Champs!