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So, I ask again, "Can the Philadelphia Phillies go all the way without Roy Oswalt?"
To this, the answer remains the same. Yes, they can win.
But remember, about five slides ago, I said in baseball anything can happen? Well, since I started writing this piece, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels was hit by a line drive on his right, non-pitching, hand.
He did leave the game but x-rays were negative. It is being called a hand contusion. Word is he's day-to-day and may still make his next start.
I better finish this thing fast before something else happens.
So they can win but, will they win the World Series with only three of their four aces?
Having looked at the impact of the Oswalt injury from all angles it seems the Phillies are still the team to beat, to use their shortstop's favorite phrase. Even down one Roy, the Phillies' remaining three aces can dominate in a five- or seven-game series.
If the Phillies get key players back from the DL when expected (and don't lose any more!), the injury to Oswalt, though it does make things more difficult, does not take them out of the running. Philadelphia still might get a parade and both Roys may finally get the rings they've been hoping for.
And for anything more conclusive than that, you'll have to check with those baseball gods.