With the Philadelphia Phillies locked in a battle with the St. Louis Cardinals, it’s hard to look away from the intriguing NLDS matchup. Knotted at one game apiece, the series is turning into must-see television for fans around the league. Knowing your season could end at any moment makes each passing pitch that much more important for each team as they sprint toward a World Series crown.
For the National league favorite Phillies, they are now two games closer to wrapping up their 2011 campaign. Wherever this run stops, whether the team falters in St. Louis or parades down Broad Street in late October, a very captivating offseason looms in the distance.
After all has been decided on the field to close out the Major League season, the Phillies will enter into a series of decisions that will go a long way toward deciding their direction for next year. However, looking at the bigger picture for a losing franchise turned perennial contender, several calls to be made on personnel could reshape the face of the organization.
With the 2011 product still under construction, it may be difficult to focus on who might not be in the red pinstripes when the 2012 season opens. For several of the players currently being counted on to lead Philadelphia on its journey to the World Series, their jobs will undoubtedly come into question when the final pitch is thrown this October.
If you’re looking for some food for thought while prepping for a crucial Game 3 showdown in St. Louis, here are seven important roster decisions the Philadelphia Phillies will face this winter: