The Philadelphia Phillies have struggled in the 2013 season so far. For the first six or seven games, the offense was on fire but the pitching staff was allowing too many runs, save for Cliff Lee. Then, in the last six or seven games, the offense has been anemic, to say the least, while the pitching staff has regained its composure.
It's been one of the more puzzling starts to a Phillies season in recent history, and while it's only April, it still provides cause for concern. At this point in time, everybody is healthy and the team should be at its best. If this is the best the Phillies can do, should fans be concerned that the season will turn out to be somewhere around .500 like last year?
Nevertheless, the Phillies stand at 6-9 after a humiliating 11-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds last night, giving them the series sweep. And it's not like the Reds were a great team, either—entering the series, Cincinnati was just 5-7 with many an offensive player failing to produce.
If this trend continues, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. could look to trade away some of his big league pieces in the first stages of a potential rebuild. Folks, it may be time to say that the Phillies' dynasty of dominance has too quickly come to a close.
Putting the total negativity aside, if players are traded, injured, or the team does fall out of contention to the point that they want to see what they have lying around in the farm system, minor leaguers will be called up throughout the season. Here's a list of those who could find themselves with—or back with—the Phillies by the end of the 2013 regular season.
*All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.