The argument has been made and should be made that there is not another team in baseball that has ever assembled a rotation like Philadelphia has put together. Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels form the best top-four rotation in the MLB.
There’s just one problem. The rest of the team is struggling to hold up their end of the bargain.
Brad Lidge has left a huge hole in the bullpen, as he will open the season on the DL. Star second baseman Chase Utley will be joining them. Touted prospect Dominic Brown doesn’t appear ready. Jayson Werth was overpaid to leave the Phillies. Raul Ibanez is just overpaid. No one knows how Jimmy Rollins will perform following an injury-riddled year.
If the Phillies can make it to the playoffs, their rotation makes them the team to beat in a short series. The problem is they may not have enough to get them there.