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Mets playoffs: Dodgers' Jimmy Rollins, Mets killer, waits in shadows

The former Phillie has lost his starting shortstop job, but still relishes punishing the Mets.

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Edged out of the starting lineup by rookie sensation Corey Seeger, Jimmy Rollins is ready to add another memory at the expense of the Mets.

He's had many of them over the years. On Thursday, Rollins told reporters about one of his biggest memories — during the 2007 season, naturally — against the Mets. In a June game, Rollins homered against Aaron Heilman after having no luck against the right-hander's changeup.

"That kind of started our comeback in '07," Rollins said.

Rollins can no longer give Mets fans nightmares in a Philadelphia Phillies jersey. That's the good news. The bad news is that he can now give Mets fans nightmares in a Los Angeles Dodgers jersey. He's already hurt the Mets a few times this year; during a four-game series at Citi Field in July, Rollins went 5-for-11 with three home runs.

In a career spanning 237 games against the Mets, Rollins is hitting .280, with a .790 OPS, 33 home runs and 122 RBI. Rollins will be joined in the series by fellow Mets killer and Philadelphia transplant Chase Utley, who has 35 career home runs—and an OPS approaching .900—in 168 career games against New York.