Not many teams are in a position to lose a pitcher of Roy Oswalt's caliber in the off-season and still stake a claim in the argument for baseball's best starting rotation, but the Philadelphia Phillies can.
Stuffed with accolades, the departure of Oswalt leaves the Phillies with three All-Stars, a man who placed third in the National League's Rookie of the Year voting from last season, and a man who once hit a home run in the World Series.
Not too shabby.
The bullpen is looking okay too, what with the addition of a closer who is following a similar career path as to one Mariano Rivera, and a slew of young arms with the potential to pitch in the late innings.
As the Phillies' pitching staff builds up arm strength and works on various aspects of their game in Spring Training, let's make a few predictions on what we can reasonably expect out of them in 2012.
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