Phillies Team Preview
This is an offense that could be very good if Utley and Rollins both play 150 games and either Ibanez fights off aging or Brown matures quickly. This is an offense that could be a problem if more than one or two of those things go awry. There is talent here, but there is also a good deal of risk, and a lack of legitimate backup plans means that the Phillies may be scrambling to make some trades this summer.
— Exactly. It’s entirely possible that their run differential barely budges even after adding Lee based on the declining offense. Mix in an injury or two and an unexpected down year from one of the four horseman and this becomes a good, not dominant, team.