David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News doesn't think so:
The Phillies situation is less promising than the Red Sox: First, the guys they are counting on to improve are in their mid-30's while the guys the Red Sox were counting on were in their late-20's. Second, they need to make wise choices in free agency, something that has not been their forte as of late.
What a wet blanket, right? What do you think Red Sox fans were saying in 2012, anyway? I'll tell you: They were saying that the Sox were finished.
Andrew Cohen's April 22, 2012 piece in The Atlantic declared last rites over the Red Sox: "Brothers and sisters of Red Sox Nation, it is time. And someone's got to say it. So I come before you today to bury a particularly notable version of our beloved team."
Cohen was right about 2012, but a year later the Red Sox had won another title.
So the Phillies can mope around and curse others' luck, or they can get put a proper plan together and do something about the franchise's fortunes.
Here are five pieces the Phillies could move to turn the team's momentum forward again.