J-Roll to Win the MVP

Kevin McDermottContributor IApril 5, 2009

ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 23:  (L-R) Jimmy Rollins #11 and Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies look on against the Tampa Bay Rays during game two of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 23, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays won 4-2. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

A healthy and determined Jimmy Rollins will come off of last year's injury shortened season and lead the Phillies to consecutive world series appearances. The Phillies current roster has a disproportionate number of quality ball players when compared to remainder of the national league.

A combination of bulging talent and feeble competition will lead the team to their most victories in the teams’ history (Jimmy has publicly predicted 112 wins).  The competition this year will once again from inter-league play (4-11 in 2008), an area they need to improve upon.

For those hoping that it will be Chase’s turn in the MVP role, you will be mildly disappointed. That position will be filled once again by his battery mate J-Roll. Jimmy Rollins will best his personal records in hits (212), runs (139), steals (47), and most importantly, batting average (.296). 

Adding the more consistent bat of Ibanez and a better year offensively from Ruiz near the bottom of the line-up will allow Jimmy to challenge his personal best of 96 RBI as well. From the first month of the season he will be among the league leaders in batting average and will be an outright scoring machine, creating havoc for opponents.

Jimmy is in the prime of his career. The question of whether he is the Phils’ best ever is history. In merely half the time he has surpassed Larry Bowa in most every offensive statistical category. 

Following the 2009 season we will begin talking in terms of “all time” greats. Two World Series championships back to back, along with two MVPs would lock up J-Roll’s place in baseball history. However we will have to stay tuned to hear his next prediction.