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The Philadelphia Phillies also became the number one pick for the NL title in 2011 before the start of the season when the signed Cliff Lee, aka Mr. Postseason.
The Fightin’ Phils boast what has been named one of the best starting pitching rotations of all time.
The lineup is also potent all the way through. Speed, power and men who can get on base can be found evenly distributed in spots 1–8 of the batting order. The pre–trade deadline addition of Hunter Pence, didn’t hurt either. He’s hitting .348 since joining the team two weeks ago.
The team's biggest power–hitter, Ryan Howard, is having a down year, hitting just .257, although he has 26 home runs. However he is leading the league in RBI’s, which tells you that he is in the middle of a potent batting order.
Philadelphia was beat out by San Francisco last year in the NLCS. They responded by bulking up their chances in the offseason, getting even better than they already were.
This is the best team in baseball by record, and they are also the team to beat in the National league.