The Philadelphia Phillies' season could be compared to a dinghy moving through a field of ice in the water.
When you're forced to hop into a small boat and navigate through a field of ice, you know you're already facing big problems. That's what the Phillies faced this season when they were forced to open up the campaign without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.
Sure, you can navigate around the big chunks of ice, which is what the Phillies did when they brought in guys like Ty Wigginton, Laynce Nix and Freddy Galvis to play first and second base in the absence of their All-Stars.
Those are moves you make to plug holes in the boat. You don't want the water pouring in and threatening to take the whole thing down, but some holes are just too big to fill. So when Roy Halladay went down, it was kind of like hitting the proverbial iceberg.
The water poured into the boat and the Phillies had no way of stopping it. It rushed in and flushed their postseason hopes away, and now the club is forced to look toward the future.
That's not necessarily a bad thing.
The Phillies made a pair of moves at the trade deadline to free up some space under the luxury tax so that they could fix this thing. In the following slideshow, I'll take a look at a few scenarios that could lead the Phillies back to the top of the NL East in 2013.