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And the Winner is…a Tie?

By Anthony J Machcinski

As Spring Training comes to a close this Sunday, the Phillies decided that Jaime Moyer would be tabbed the number five starter going into the season. However, that did not mean Kyle Kendrick was send down to the minors.
Joe Blanton, the team’s number three starter hurt his abdominal muscle, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer and will most likely start the season on the disabled list. This means that Kendrick, who lost out on the team’s fifth starter race, will end up being in the rotation, at least for a few weeks.
The injury weakens an already damaged pitching staff. The Phillies will start the season without Brad Lidge and J.C. Romero. The injury also depletes the bullpen since Kendrick was going to become a long reliever out of the bullpen.
While the pitching staff was never expected to be the savior of the team, the injuries have forced Phillie fans to wonder if not having Cliff Lee and trading him to Seattle was such a great idea, despite Lee’s own abdominal injury.
What fans should be looking at is the offense. If Raul Ibanez can’t produce, he will more than likely be the subject of huge scrutiny, especially when the best prospect in the Phillies system is a corner outfielder with power. Also, the fans should look at the organization and expect them to have to keep Jayson Werth. He is one of the best players on the team and a major part of the offense.
So while the pitching injuries are the subject to focus, the team will need to focus on its offense. And along with that, the teams top starters have looked good, including Cole Hamels, who will need a big year to prove that he isn’t the 14-10 product that was on the mound last year.

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