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Jimmy Rollins: Nationals Are "Second-Place Team" If Phillies Are Healthy

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Rollins: Nats "Second Place Team" If Phillies Healthy

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Jimmy Rollins throws to first base as Jayson Werth slides into second during a Sept. 26 game at Citizens Bank Park.

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It was not a good year in Philadelphia if you're a baseball fan. The Phillies' streak of five consecutive NL East titles was snapped and they will watch the postseason from home for the first time since 2006.

Baseball's resurgence in Washington had a lot to do with that. That is, unless you're Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

"They had a good year," Rollins said to reporters after the Nationals' 5-1 win Wednesday. "They’re a talented team. It’s all come together for them, so that’s great for them, but wiith us healthy, they’re a second-place team. But we weren’t."

Yes, the Phillies missed several of their regulars throughout the season, from Chase Utley to Roy Halladay, but so did the Nats; Michael Morse, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond all had extended stints on the disabled list and they still finished in first place. Look, Jummy, it's not the Nationals' fault that Ryan Howard broke his toe while standing in the on-deck circle.

File this under "Loser, Sore." 

(H/T Nats Enquirer)


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