Philadelphia Phillies: Ranking Their Options for 5th Starter

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Philadelphia Phillies: Ranking Their Options for 5th Starter
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The Philadelphia Phillies continue to lead the NL East and sit at an impressive 49-30. It seems highly unlikely that this team will finish the season without at least 100 wins.

The Boston Red Sox are set to come to town for the most anticipated series of the season thus far. Philly Nation is ready to unleash their dominant pitching against one of the most potent lineups in baseball.

It is no secret that this Phillies team was built around their starting pitching, and all they have done is carry this team to the best record in MLB.

The Phillies are the smart pick to bring home another World Series down Broad Street because of their dominant pitching staff, but how big of a deal is the Roy Oswalt situation? He was the Phillies best pitcher down the stretch last season (7-1) and is fifth among all active pitchers in winning percentage.

Joe Blanton is in the midst of his second stint on the DL with a "cranky elbow" on his pitching arm. While he has looked solid at times this season, his early-season woes and inconsistencies have continued in 2011.

Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee could potentially be the top three vote-getters for the NL Cy Young Award with the way they are pitching, but Roy Oswalt could be on the way out, and Joe Blanton hasn't finished his dinner yet.

Who should be the Phillies fifth starter? Here are five options for the Phillies and the fifth starter dilemma.

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