One of the biggest reasons for the Blue Jays turnaround from the disaster that was late May and the bump in the road caused by the Marlins this June has been the recent success of Scott Rolen.
Rolen has simply been mashing the ball lately, he's finally batting clean-up in Cito's rejigged line-up, since being bumped into the fourslot on June 16th Rolen's put up some great numbers: .372 Avg, 5 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBIs, and a .417 OBP. He's hit consecutively in 15 straight games, going back to June 8th and is quickly starting to shoulder the load in the offence that someone not named Hill or Lind needs to step up and take care of.
Rolen played a big role in last night's win over the dastardly Philadelphia Phillies, helping to support Rookie Romero's kickass start by chipping in a single, a run, and an RBI sacrifice fly en route to the 6-1 victory over their league determined rival.
His recent hot streak has now boosted his season total to a .329 Avg, good for 3rd in the American league which is pretty fucking sweet when you think about it. Hopefully this hot streak keeps up, Rolen's RBI totals have been noticably down so far this season (29), in addition to his power numbers (5 HR). While he's still been hitting for a great average the lack of runs coming in as a result have made Scott's bat seem like it was being wasted batting 6th. Now with more opportunities to cash in Marco Scutaro and Aaron Hill throw in Scott's amazing defensive ability (like the huge leaping catch he made against the Reds) and it's officially Scott Rolen's time to shine in Toronto.