Roy Oswalt and Philadelphia Phillies: Here They Come...Again!
On Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. completed yet another trade deadline blockbuster which may put the team back on top of the NL East in short order.
With the acquisition of former Houston Astros ace Roy Oswalt, it's arguable the Phillies now boast the best top three starting rotation in the National League.
The injury bug has decimated the Phillies throughout season, with only a handful of games being played using the club's top starting lineup.
In spring training, starter Joe Blanton and closer Brad Lidge suffered injuries.
Once the season got underway, it didn't take Jimmy Rollins long to strain a calf in a pregame warm-up.
Placido Polanco got hit in the elbow in a game against the Atlanta Braves a few weeks later and ultimately landed on the 15-day DL in June.
Late in April, Ryan Madson got frustrated with his performance in San Fransisco and broke his toe kicking a chair.
As players returned to health, the starting lineup saw more setbacks.
Chase Utley broke his thumb trying to stretch a single into a double and Jamie Moyer hurt his pitching arm a short time later.
The latest casualty is center fielder Shane Victorino, who suffered a strained side muscle a few days ago.
Despite all the injuries, the Phillies have continued to go out and play hard everyday.
With a mediocre June, the club found themselves sitting in third place behind Atlanta and the New York Mets.
Since a four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds before the All-Star break, Philadelphia has a 13-6 record including the current eight-game winning streak.
Even with all the injuries and setbacks, Philadelphia has played well enough to get within 2.5 games of the NL East leading Atlanta Braves.
Since Charlie Manuel became the Phillies manager, the club has earned the reputation of being an excellent second half team.
With this in mind, Philadelphia GM Ruben Amaro Jr. decided Thursday to throw down his cards and deal for Roy Oswalt.
With three top starters in Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels, the Phillies may have all the pieces in place to capture a third consecutive National League Championship.
Chase Utley and Shane Victorino are scheduled to come off the disabled list in three weeks.
The Phillies should, barring any other injuries, finally be at full strength just in time for September.
Stay tuned Philadelphia, here come the Phillies—again!
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