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The reason why the Phillies should call their pitching staff the "Mount Rushmore of Pitching" is because their pitchers are getting to that age.
These pitchers are past their prime. Now this isn't to say they won't be good. They just won't be as good as everybody thinks they will be.
I think that Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt are all past their prime.
I think that this rotation is more built to win a seven game series in the playoffs than win in the regular season.
This isn't to say that they won't be dominating in the regular season, they will. But they won't dominate the way that everyone thinks that they will.
And guess what. If the Braves can compete with these Phillies in the regular season—then they will have a chance to do it in the playoffs when anything can happen and nothing is for certain.
Comparing this to the 90s rotation that the Braves had at this point is absolutely ludicrous. They haven't even won a game yet or stepped onto the mound.
Offensively, this team just hasn't been one that has been healthy in the regular season. Jimmy Rollins played 88 games, Chase Utley played 115, Placido Polanco played 122, even Ryan Howard missed 20 games.
This team has shown that if it isn't healthy then they aren't a good offensive team. That is why the Braves were able to compete with the Phillies the majority of last season.
The Phillies made their charge when they got healthy and the Braves injuries started to add up.
I am not going to hope that any player gets injured—but if the Phillies lose some key offensive piece for a good part of the season, then the playing field in the NL East will become a lot more even.
The 2010 Season showed this, let's just hope the Braves can capitalize on it during their 2011 campaign.
I know Chipper Jones is going to get injured—but the Braves can still compete in 2011 without him. It would certainly be nice to have Chipper play 140 games, but we all know that's not going to happen.
The Braves just can't have an injury like the one Martin Prado or Jason Heyward had last year. If they stay healthy, they have a chance—and that's all I want.
And all I want to do is get to October and be one of the eight teams that has a chance to be named World Champions.
All we can hope for as Braves fans is to be one of those teams that has a chance. Because in a five or seven game series anything can happen.