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Phils at a crossroads

We may know later today (Wed. 5/8) whether Roy Halladay will need surgery, whether he'll pitch again this year, or maybe whether he will pitch again at all. And while that is important to the team, of greater importance is the rest of the team...a team growing grayer by the day.

This is a team that was built to win...three years ago. Now it's a team looking toward retirement.

The infield is old...Michael Young, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are all on the downside of their careers...and while three of them (all but Rollins) are having decent seasons to this point, no one (except maybe Utley) is having a really good season. And none are likely to carry the team for stretches at a time.

The outfield is younger, but average at best. Ben Revere has been a disappointment so far. John Mayberry Junior is adequate and sometimes gets on a hot streak. Domonic Brown is having a good season...hopefully a breakout season. Lanyce Nix is mostly a backup but has had his moments this year, mostly as a pinch-hitter.

Carlos Ruiz had his career-year last year and Eric Kratz is a backup.

The pitching has been mostly disappinting, although Cole Hamels has gotten virually no support. Cliff Lee has been good but not great....Halladay looks to be injured...Kyle Kendrick has been the best of the bunch.

The bullpen is shaky and can't get the game, very often, to Jonathan Papelbon.

It all adds up to a team that will swim in the waters of .500 all season long. It is not a team that has the look of a contender. It is not a franchise that has young players on the way up to take the place of its aging veteran core any time soon.

Ruben Amaro Junior has a lot of work to do with not a lot resources to work with. For those Phillies fans who got spoiled by 5 really good years, just remember what the Phillies were before that and maybe it won't be as painful.

Posted at 8:58am on May 8, 2013 by Big Don Voltz

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Comments on this post:

teatime
Wed, May 8, 2013 9:59am

Nobody is immortal. Halladay faces the slow creep of time just like anybody else. With his age and shoulder injury, he no longer has that pinpoint control that made him so dominant in the past. Halladay is leaving is fastball out of the heart of the plate and he is getting crushed

As noted, the restof the Phillies infield is getting older and continuing to slide. The Phils simply don't have the horses to win a championship this year. The Braves are built like a World Series team and will likely dominate this division for a few years.

Watch out for the upcoming Washington Nationals as well.


Mike from Delaware
Wed, May 8, 2013 8:07pm

Mike from Delaware
Wed, May 8, 2013 8:13pm
Teatime: Well said. The Phils need to rebuild.

On the American League side , the other regional team, the Balt. Orioles are also having a good season, currently 1 game out of 1st.

kavips
Thu, May 9, 2013 9:05am
A Newark High School Grad is pitching for the Orioles. Looks like since one Delaware alumnus got the Ravens through the Superbowl, let's see what our little ole state can do for the Birds...

We are so lucky in our location that as one champion city rises and the other one falls, their games are still under an hour away...

Mike
Thu, May 9, 2013 9:22am
Zach Clark, the Newark grad, pitched one game for the Birds and was designated for assignment. He cleared waivers and is now at AA Bowie. I think he'll be back with the Orioles or someone else at some point.

I may be making the trip to Camden Yards once or twice this summer. Great park, short drive, fun team.

Mike from Delaware
Thu, May 9, 2013 10:48am
Both Balt baseball and football are available on a Wilmington AM radio station so you can follow their games, just as easily as we follow the Phils and Eagles on WDEL, also a Wilmington AM radio station.


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