Pregame interview with Jimmy Rollins
Phillies shortstop talk about getting out to a fast start in Game 3
The first two games you guys got really good starts. How key is that to giving you guys a long stay in the playoffs?JIMMY ROLLINS: It always starts there. You know, you hear about it all the time that pitching and defense is what's going to win championships. This time of the year, pitchers seem to be on their game a little bit more, so it forces you to have to do maybe some things you wouldn't do, manufacture runs, which is something we do pretty well as a team, because we have speed. But that guy on the mound controls the game. If he's on, he's going to beat you most of the time. So it always starts there, but on the other side, you've got to counter that by being able to manufacture runs, putting together good at-bats. If we can do that on both ends, we'll do pretty well. I guess it's time to brag on not just yourself but the whole team. In addition to the speed, you guys have a lot of power. How tough is it to match up against your lineup? JIMMY ROLLINS: I don't know, I've never been on the other side of the field. You know, Charlie writes in the lineup, and sometimes it is a power lineup, depending on the personnel on the other side. Like when we faced CC the other day, he went with more of a speed lineup at the top. We ended up getting some power, which never hurts.
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