Ahh, finally…

…the day has arrived when pitchers and catchers are suppose to arrive. And for the Phils, it means that one of the best starting rotations in the major leagues will have arrived in Clearwater, along with what should be one of the most rested bullpens during the regular season because their first four starters (Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, Hamels) should, on most days, be able to reach at least the seventh inning before Uncle Charlie would need to call on the relief corps. Of course, that will depend on the Phil’s offense, since several players (Utley, Rollins, Howard, etc.) are expected to have comeback years after the down year that the team’s offense had last season, while the Phils will be trying to break in rookie Dom Brown, as they plan to use him in a platoon situation with Ben Francisco in right field.

A lot of my fellow Phillies fans are already predicting the Phils to have a large number of wins this season because of our Fantastic Foursome on the mound. Me, I’ll be happy if they break the team’s record of 101 wins, while spanking the Giants during the two times that the two clubs will meet this year.

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I can say that I am scared if the Phillies more than any team right now in the NL, and I do believe the pennant runs through Citizens Bank. Of course there are teams that will challenge the Phils, namely my Cardinals…Good Luck, and hopefully this season will be competitive. http://stlcardinals06.mlblogs.com/

Hee hee… I believe the same thing. That the pennant will run through Citizens, if the pitching staff and the offense do their jobs. Otherwise, it’s going to be a repeat of ’79 when Pete Rose first arrived. A year of high expectation that fell flat after the first month of the season, and I remember how bad a taste in the mouth that year left before ’80 turned into a winning season. Yeah, there’s going to be a lot of challengers. The question is will they be able to stop the Phils. I guess we won’t really know until late summer. Hopefully, the Phils will be too far ahead for anyone to stop by then. ;-)

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