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The Phillies starting rotation is the best in baseball, there is no doubt about that. The lineup, however, is a completely different story. Once arguably considered the best offensive team in the national league, the Phillies are starting to look average.
Former MVP,Ryan Howard will miss a nice chunk of the season with a torn Achilles. In his absence the Phillies signed both Jim Thome and Ty Wigginton during the off-season, to fill in at first base. They'll join aging veterans Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley in the infield.
Will Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino, and the aging stars score enough runs to win the National League East? I'm not sure if they will.
If the Fighting Phils want to reach the World Series for the third time in five years, they need a lot to go right. The pitching shouldn't be an issue, but they have a lot of questions to be answered in that lineup.