The Phils had been running hot over the past week before last night's clunker in which Cole Hamels was ineffective and that bats were nonexistent until garbage time. But if there's a guy the Phillies want on the hill to get them back on the winning track it's Roy Halladay (15-8, 2.24) who will be throwing tonight against Jason Marquis (0-5, 14.33) and the Washington Nationals.
Yes, Jason Marquis has not won a game yet this season and has an ERA of 14.33 ERA, but this will be only his third start since returning from 3.5 months on the DL. On the flip side, Roy Halladay.
Halladay has faced the Nationals only once this season and was great in his Phillies debut on opening day, holding the Nats to six hits and one run over seven innings. Doc is also coming in to tonight's outing having won five straight starts. He has not lost since July 18th.
The trends are looking good for the Fightins' in this one.
First pitch scheduled for 7:05. Enjoy your Halladay.
Meanwhile, in the state next door, Ryan Howard will be getting his groove back with the Lakewood BlueClaws. I'll actually be checking out that ball park for the first time this evening and will likely report back.
Three games into his NFL career, Carson Wentz might need a bigger trophy case.
The 23-year-old, who picked up his first NFC Offensive Player of the Week award for his performance against Pittsburgh, has been named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.
Yes, Wentz's first NFL month was a special one.
The No. 2 pick from North Dakota State has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 769 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He's the first rookie in NFL history to put up those numbers in the first three games of a career. And his 102 straight passing attempts without an interception is also a rookie record.
It's hard to believe that a little over a week before the season began, Wentz was scheduled to be the Eagles' third-string quarterback and have a redshirt year. That all changed when de facto GM Howie Roseman traded away starter Sam Bradford and the team decided to start the rookie.
While many thought the decision to start Wentz was the beginning of a long rebuilding year, the rookie has the Eagles off to a fast 3-0 start. Wentz has played very well, but has also been aided by a stout defense, led by NFC Defensive Player of the Month Fletcher Cox.
This week, Wentz is spending some time hunting while the Eagles are on their bye week. He bagged another trophy on Thursday.
The team will be back in action on Oct. 9 in Detroit to face the Lions.
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Joel Embiid really trusts the process.
And he'll tell you as much over and over.
In fact, JoJo said it so much yesterdady that he was cracking himself up about just how much he trusts the process.
By most accounts, Joel was a bit rusty in the first couple of practices to kick off training camp, but, you know, you've just got to trust the process.
And he does. Trust the process.