The 2011 edition of the Philadelphia Phillies is one of the deepest teams ever assembled in the City of Brotherly Love.
However, not all has gone right for the team. They have lost players to injury, watched others fail to live up to expectations, and seen one of their Fab Four hurt his back and lose some zip on his fastball. Their offense has also struggled mightily at times, making the fans and front office scratch their heads in astonishment.
The team that once struck fear into opponents now struggles to score more than three runs a game.
However it is a long season, things happen, and everyone—even the mighty Phillies— loses some swagger.
But the Phillies will not lose their division lead again.
Here are five reasons why, when the calendar turns to the end of the season, the Phillies will be left standing as five-time defending NL East Champions.