Philadelphia Phillies: 10 Bold Predictions for the Rest of the Team's Season

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Philadelphia Phillies:  10 Bold Predictions for the Rest of the Team's Season
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Well, we are nine games through the season for which we all waited for so long.  As we stand right now, the Phillies are 7-2 and in first place in the National League East.  Having said that, after all the buzz that soaked Philadelphia since that cold winter night they re-acquired Cliff Lee, their record and standing is of little surprise.  They became the odds-on favorite to win the 2011 World Series that night and, even with injuries to Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, and Dom Brown, are still most people's pick to be triumphant in the Fall Classic. 

It is for this reason that none of my ten predictions will concern overall wins and losses in the standings.  In contrast, my list will address some twists and turns I can see happening throughout the season (Don't worry, though...I will put my guesses for the playoffs and World Series in my epilogue for the final slide). 

Some of these are wilder than others, but anybody who has been around this wonderful game long enough knows that the only guarantee is that there are none.  So sit back and enjoy the ride.  It should be a good one.

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