Phillies Key For Success? Like an Apple with a Core
Going into the playoffs there were a lot of predictions on who will be the victors. I heard Cubs, Dodgers, Red Sox, Rays, Angels, and Brewers.
I never heard White Sox because they can't win, they barely made it to the playoffs. I also never heard the Phillies because no one thought about them. They are just dominant as many teams wish they were.
They have amazing pitching, but it's the offense that excites me. They have a core and every layer is different.
The core consists of 2006 MVP Ryan Howard, 2007 MVP Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley, a prime candidate for the 2008 MVP. They have some speed, the most power in the MLB, average, and consistency. In my own fantasy team I had Rollins and Utley—my team was dominant.
The next layer consists of three players with many of the same characteristics as the core—Jayson Werth, Pat Burrel, and Shane Victorino. They have a lot of speed, hidden and unexpected power, and a solid average. Werth was not known at the start of the season and little known was Burrel. Now everyone who speaks English knows them. Shane Victorino has put together yet another amazing season.
Making up the apple's skin, we have two guys who don't put up offensive numbers, but keep a spot filled with defense. Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz. They may not blow you away at the plate, but Ruiz and Feliz have the essential defense.
This team has it all. Their pitching staff and Brad Lidge are too much greatness for one article.
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