Fenway Punk wrote: skjelstrom wrote:
That definitely shows Philadelphia is the place to be. Both Halladay and Lee took major pay cuts just to play with the Phillies. It's also a slap in the face to the Yankees who offered more years and more money
MaudDib wrote:Is no one worried about their offense? I understand that it will be hard to score runs off of them (assuming that Lee's back doesn't give him trouble and the rest stay healthy) but that offense has some issues. Rollins, Howard, Placido and Ibanez all seem to be on the decline. Utley has had problems staying healthy recently and is also on the wrong side of 30. There is Dominic Brown but not really sure how much you can rely on a rookie. They are going to have to win a lot of 3-1 kind of games. And when you do that you really need a closer/bullpen that you can rely on.
Phillies offense isn't really that bad. Assuming they can stay away from a ton of injuries as they had last year. The giants won the world series with mostly pitching, and timely hitting when it was needed. Howard still has some power in him, Utley isn't done yet, Rollins I don't think will perform much better (still better than the average SS), Polanco hits for a nice average, Victorino is a clutch hitter that can hit for average, Brown has shown a TON of potential, Ruiz is a clutch hitter also. That only leaves one player below the mendoza line - Ibanez. Doesn't sound bad to me especially with a rotation like they have.
Worry about the Phillies offense? At citizens bank park? LOL. Now watch the Phillies sign Rafeal Soriano and then i'll jump on board with the strongest pitching staff in the game arguement...
There is no such thing as a "clutch hitter". No their offense isn't that bad but it also isn't that far removed from being in trouble especially when so many have such high expectations. If this pitching staff dominates but the hitters don't perform, there is going to be a lot of finger pointing. Yes they play their home games in a hitters park but can they score runs on the road?
I say this not because I want them to fail. The Phillies offense is not the worse one in the league by any means but it is probably one of the worst ones for teams that have a reasonable shot at winning a title.