So much attention has been placed onto the offseason acquiring of Cliff Lee by the Philadelphia Phillies, and rightly so as that gave the Phillies not only easily the best rotation in the NL East but also the best rotation that baseball has seen in at least a decade. The acquiring of Cliff Lee has made the Phillies a favorite for the National League and the World Series, but there are 162 games before the playoffs.
The 2010 World Series winner got into the playoffs through the back door, barely getting in at all. Once October baseball starts, pitching is the most important part, which was seen by the San Francisco Giants, but it still requires offense to win games. The Giants had the seventeenth best offense in 2010 but the first best pitching. Pitching can be almost everything, but it can never be all a team needs. We will look at the NL East teams and see where the position players rank in their division for both offense and defense.