Where do the Phillies rate in Salisbury's power rankings?
Fri, 25 Jan 2013|
Jim Salisbury rates the NL East teams and talks about how the Phillies must be injury free in order to have a successful season. 1/25/2013
With the addition of Justin Upton the Braves deciding what Upton just not enough for -- they now have tested and BJ. Jimmie how does that change we were younger NL east power rankings as you go down a lot of the Braves now the team to be in the -- I saw the Washington Nationals as the team to beat 98 wins last year and they've gotten better this winter. And they're they're young -- is a year older and they gaining really valuable experience with a brief showing. In the post season Atlanta -- number two team. And the Philadelphia Phillies and number three on paper coming into the season. But you have to like that addition and Atlanta just enough to -- -- don't forget Jason -- that the dynamic. Young outfield. Three guys that could really be superstars of the Atlanta Braves had a real -- off season. You talked about -- the things have to go right for the Phillies certainly health probably the biggest if for this team because when you look at the lineup. Howard Utley whether or not they'll be ready go -- and of course the -- won a Cy Young at a Phillies uniform just recently. Roy Halladay let me ask you this what's more vital to the Phillies chances of contention. The health of Howard and Utley -- the help of one -- out. While I don't think the Phillies -- deep enough that I can pick one area. I think all three guys have to be clicking on all sit cylinders if you pushed me a little bit I'd probably say they need Howard and Utley because they're two guys -- you gonna play them every today. We're right how to get -- get thirty starts autumn but they really need all three guys click and I think we saw in the second half. Particularly in the final two months last season. When the Phillies play had a winning percentage percentage of about 59 -- and they had all their guys back to have Utley back they had our back. And then holiday back and not more really a 100%. But the Phillies still played pretty good ball if you can get these guys close to 100%. For full season I think the Phillies will be well served by that. And finally let's talk a little bit about the Phillies and their disposition coming into the season where -- -- this team that's being. Featured as the powerhouse in the nationally a contender year in year out when the -- it really over half decade now. That's not the case this time he liked them a little better as an. Off the radar team. I think everybody would like him that they were the favorite they're not. For the first time in a long time their underdog. Look back to quote Jimmy Rollins made around court Christmas time where he said we're a little angry we feel like we wanna go -- show that. Sure everybody this is still our division they said they have a chip on their shoulder is good for them I think that's a real healthy emotion come into camp. You know of as an excuse in Philly dot com Phillies insider. Jimmy Salisbury I column -- ball scribe for have a -- hairs.