It's almost here.
Normally, when you spend an entire winter waiting for something, you're a bit bummed to see it go, and although I'm sure some fans will lament the passing of yet another spring training, it's time to look at the bigger picture: It's almost here.
It's just around the corner. If you need any proof, just take a look around. Huge spring rosters are slimming down, starting pitchers are throwing later into ball games and hitters are starting to make the best contact of the spring.
The player are just about ready for Opening Day, but are you?
Who knows how ready the Philadelphia Phillies would be. I'm not sure there is another camp in baseball under the same microscope as the Phillies. While the pitching is top-notch, a thin offensive unit is shrinking by the day.
Ryan Howard? Still recovering from offseason surgery to repair his Achilles tendon.
Chase Utley? His chronic knee condition has forced him to see a specialist. His return is up in the air.
Few rosters have seen as drastic a change as the Phillies, so with Opening Day just a few weeks away, is there a better time than now to predict not only what the Opening Day roster will look like, but how it will perform?
I think not.
For news, rumors, analysis and game recaps during spring training, check out Greg's blog: The Phillies Phactor!