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On paper, the Philadelphia Phillies could be the best team in MLB. However, a list of names does not decide who the World Series champion is.
Since the Phillies won it all in 2008, they have made it to the postseason every season, but have somehow found a way to play worse every year despite the great additions to the roster.
In 2009, they lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series. In 2010, they lost to the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS. In 2011, they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.
See the trend?
The Phillies will make the postseason and they will be one of the favorites to win it all again. However, seeing the Phillies fail to win it year after year makes you wonder if the Phillies are unable to stomach the high expectations?
With players like Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Chase Utley on the roster, one would think not, but that certainly hasn't looked to be the case as of late.