2011 Philadelphia Phillies: Ranking the 7 Biggest Surprises of the Season

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2011 Philadelphia Phillies: Ranking the 7 Biggest Surprises of the Season
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This was supposed to be a 2011 season with very few surprises in store for the Philadelphia Phillies.

In the eyes of most pundits, the Phillies were tabbed to have the best record in the National League, and they have certainly more than made good on that projection with the best record (90-48) in Major League Baseball.

How they have achieved elite status in the regular season has been a cross between a dull formality and a spine-tingling rollercoaster ride.

The veteran-laden team has, as expected, received brilliant starting pitching, even if one of their four aces, Roy Oswalt, has been hampered by injuries. The Phillies have suffered their fair share of other injuries as well, even if the standings have hardly reflected it.

So injuries aside, which seven players have provided the most drama to the formality of the 2011 regular season?

How would this one columnist rank these surprises in ascending order, from least to most pleasant?

The answers to these questions are just a click away.

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