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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Boswell: Phillies’ toughest opponent might be Father Time

In which Ryan Howard steals Charlie Manuel’s walker.

Baseball must despise a sure thing. The Phils are still a sane pick to be in the World Series. But they also might not even win their own division. With a speed that is chilling, the gap between the Phils and the rest of the NL East — much less all of baseball — has shrunk to the point where this season, or very soon, the young, rising Braves, Nationals and Marlins, or all three of them, may be on the Phils’ aging heels.

boteman Posted: March 18, 2012 at 07:33 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: March 18, 2012 at 03:23 PM (#4083599)
Yay!
   2. McCoy Posted: March 18, 2012 at 03:51 PM (#4083626)
Phillies
Marlins
Braves
Nationals
Mets
   3. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: March 18, 2012 at 04:07 PM (#4083645)
People continue to overstate how much the Marlins improved this off season. Jose Reyes and Mark Buehle aren't all that.
   4. Tripon Posted: March 18, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4083677)
That's Mark Perfect Game Buehle to you.
   5. SG Posted: March 18, 2012 at 05:01 PM (#4083687)
People continue to overstate how much the Marlins improved this off season. Jose Reyes and Mark Buehle aren't all that.


It's amazing isn't it? I guess they can be pretty good if Josh Johnson and Anibal Sanchez stay healthy all year, but what are the odds of that?

edit: My projections right now say:

PHI: 91-71
ATL: 87-75
WAS: 85-77
MIA: 82-80
NYN: 74-88

   6. shattnering his Dominicano G Strings on that Mound Posted: March 18, 2012 at 05:15 PM (#4083698)
For all intents and purposes, they've also added Hanley Ramirez this off-season, since he didn't do *####* last year and really has to be better than that.
   7. Srul Itza At Home Posted: March 18, 2012 at 05:22 PM (#4083702)
More like

Phillies
Marlins
Braves
Nationals




Mets
   8. spike Posted: March 18, 2012 at 05:59 PM (#4083727)
I understand it's easy to put the Braves in 3rd or even 4th place, but they still have a ton of starting pitching, dominating relievers, and if they get anything more out of Bourn/Heyward/Prado than last year, even assuming some regression by Jones and roughly similar years from Uggla and Freeman I think they will be a pretty good bet to hold on to second.
   9. AndrewJ Posted: March 18, 2012 at 06:29 PM (#4083742)
The Phillies have improved their W/L record in each of the last 5 seasons, which in and of itself is historically odd. While I see them repeating as East champs in 2012, they won't win 103 or more games this year.
   10. adenzeno Posted: March 18, 2012 at 08:54 PM (#4083852)
I am a Mets fan, but they may have trouble winning 65...

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