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Monday, May 17, 2010

How Tough Are the Phillies?

Their starting shortstop missed a month.

Their back-up shortstop has missed at least 10 days with a hamstring injury.

Their starting catcher has missed the past week with a strained knee ligament. When he got hurt, their back-up catcher was on the DL. The guy who started this weekend's 3-game series in Milwaukee was a 34 year-old journeyman who had started only 21 Major League games prior to this weekend.

Their #3 starter missed the first 6 weeks of the season. Their #4 starter, a rising star, has been on the DL for about a month.

Their closer missed the start of the season with an elbow problem, came back, and just went on the DL again. Their top righty set-up man kicked a chair after blowing a save and is now out for 2 months after toe surgery. Their top lefty set-up man missed the start of the season, too, but he has returned to the bullpen.

Atop that, their starting left fielder and center fielder got off to bad starts (which they are beginning to rectify).

So, where is this team? 10 games over .500 with the best record in the NL and the fourth-best record in all of baseball.

They obviously are doing something right in the front office and at Citizens Bank Park.

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