Things have been quiet on the South Philadelphia front. The Phillies had a rare two off-day week and have mostly been kissing babies (and puppies) the past few days. But while the chatter on the wires has been minimal there was an interesting story from Todd Zolecki over at MLB.com where he caught up with and got some candid thoughts from the longest tenured Phillie.
It is a State of the Team conversation of sorts with Jimmy Rollins. The reality that the last remnants of the 2008 WFC team could be dismantled come July is discussed, the similarities to 2007 are noted, among other things. But at the end of the day, Jimmy basically says they've got to step up and deliver.
Rollins said the offense will need to step up and take over like '07, but is that even possible? Philadelphia's offense has been in decline the past few seasons.
"We're healthy enough to be that good," Rollins said. "We're starting to have more good days than bad days. And that's where it starts. Everybody likes to talk about little things, but what's small and what's little is actually big. Scoring runs, getting two-out hits, etc. -- those are things we're starting to do better, more efficiently. And over the course of the season, as the season gets even deeper, that's going to be even that much bigger. So just because the record is where it sits now, those things get overlooked. But when you look at baseball, those are things that start turning and going your way."
Rollins has never been one to sugar coat how things are going for the Fightins, so it's definitely worth checking out all of his quotes.
There is a very real possibility this team could be blown up come the end of July. But that's not something J-Roll is going to worry about now. And the Phillies GM is already downplaying it.
Ruben Amaro reacted to Jimmy's comments last night and said that blowing it up is not a likely solution.
"I don't think that blowing it up is going to be a solution for us because we expect to be contending pretty much every year," Amaro told Michael Barkann. "That's my job to make sure we're contending every year. There may be some difficult decisions we'll have to make but I don't think those are decisions we have to make in the next ten days."
"Hopefully we're adding at the deadline rather than subtracting. We're still in the mode that we're going to have to add some pieces. Maybe they're pieces that are internal from our minor league systems, maybe they're pieces from outside the organization. Right now I feel like we're in it and we're going to fight to be in it."
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Carson Wentz is in his second NFL season, but he could already be on his way to his first MVP award.
At least, he's now the favorite.
The Eagles' starting quarterback is now the favorite to win this year's NFL MVP award, according to Bovada. Wentz is just ahead of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
Here's the top five:
1. Carson Wentz: +175
2. Alex Smith: +200
3. Tom Brady: +400
4. DeShaun Watson: +1,000
5. Russell Wilson: +1,200
Basically, this means that a $100 futures bet would win $175. Since Wentz pays out the least, he's the favorite.
It's no surprise Wentz and Smith are atop this list. They have both led their teams to 5-1 records (tops in the NFL) through six games.
Wentz has completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 1,584 yards, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 99.6. He's well on his way to becoming the first Eagles quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.
The last (and only) Eagles player to win an MVP came during the 1960 championship season, when quarterback Norm Van Brocklin took the award.
The last player to win the MVP award in his second NFL season was Kurt Warner in 1999. But Warner had a long road to get to the NFL and was 28 years old in 1999. Wentz is just 24.
Vegas isn't alone with the Wentz hype. According to Dick's Sporting Goods, the Eagles' quarterback has the best-selling jersey of all NFL players. In another few months, those people might have the jersey of an MVP winner.