Why The Phillies Will Not Repeat As Champions

john doeCorrespondent IJune 10, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06:  Joe Blanton #56 of the Philadelphia Phillies walks off the field against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Phillies 3-2 in 12 innings.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Why the Phillies will not win the World Series.

If recent history is any indication of how the present is going to develop in to the future, the fact that the last team to repeat as World Series champions was the Yankees in the years of 99 and 00. With 7 different teams and 8 years later predicting the next champ has been a long shot to put it conservatively. 

The Phillies closer, Brad Lidge, who last year was responsible for much of the Phillies success, throwing a perfect season all the way to a World Series championship. Has this year given up homeruns that dented not only lidge’s psyche along with with the left field wall. He has blown the lead in six games and gone through the season with a deplorable ERA of 7.27, the Phillies cant count on another collapse to bail them out for the third time, there are no guarantees that a more resilient Mets team with a perfect closer (so far) will fall short one game for the third consecutive year.

The Phillies Starting rotation is also full of questions, after Hamels no one has given the Phillies to feel confident about their chances to repeat. The Phillies albeit and offensive juggernaut have given up more homeruns than they have hit, and the Phillies hit a lot of homeruns!

Another cause for concern comes from the lackluster play that the Phillies have been getting from Jimmy Rollins, one of their leaders, and emotional stalwarts, who finally perhaps is showing signs of an aging player.