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Domonic Brown Prospectus

DAVE TOMAR: Brown has been hounded not just by the imposing stats that Werth takes out of town with him but by the immediacy of success enjoyed last year by top prospects like Atlanta’s 21 year-old Jason Heyward, Florida’s 21 year-old Mike Stanton and San Francisco’s 23 year-old Buster Posey. While Brown’s upside remains high, he didn’t come out of the box fully assembled like these other guys. Fortunately for the Phillies, there are a few perfectly capable ballplayers lined up and itching to prove themselves as everyday players.

CHRIS PUMMER: Dave is right. The Phillies’ season won’t be made or broken by what Brown can give them above and beyond what the other spare parts laying around could if assembled properly. But all things being equal, they’d rather have the chance to see now what Brown can do for them. Continue reading

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Mets-Phillies Rivalry

DAVE TOMAR: Ahhhh. To go back to those halcyon days in September 2007, when the animus hung over the Tristate area like an acid rain cloud almost as big as the actual acid rain cloud that hangs over the Tristate area. As the Phillies mounted the biggest late-season comeback in team history, the Mets sat on the cushiest division lead ever pissed away in the annals of baseball ignominy. Blowing a 7 game lead with 17 games to play, the Mets surrendered the division and a trip to the playoffs to the Phillies. Erasing the lingering memory of those 1964 Phillies, previous holders of the all time greatest choking, the Mets hacked esophageal fluids all over the finish line.

HOWARD MEGDAL:
Dave is right when he argues that the Mets-Phillies rivalry has largely subsided. But I believe that is simply an on-field phenomenon, with the emotions ready to ignite anew should the Mets get their act together. Continue reading

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2010-2013 Phillies Outlook

CHRIS PUMMER: I think it’s still hard to say the Phillies aren’t a better team right now going into 2010 and 2011 than they would be without Roy Halladay.


HOWARD MEGDAL:
For me, the odd part about dealing for and signing Roy Halladay is the unnecessary risk involved. Continue reading

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Dodgers or Phillies?

HOWARD MEGDAL: From the moment Philadelphia’s starting pitcher exits the game, excitement and fear will course through every Phillies’ fan, and justifiably so. Some are picking the Dodgers because of this flaw. But I like the Phillies in the NLCS because their starting pitching, offense and defense is good enough to overcome their bullpen.

CHRIS NEEDHAM: The difference in this series comes down to what Casey Stengel knew best: the platoon advantage. LA has the lefties it needs to neuter (or at least bring down to size) Philly’s big bats. Continue reading

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NL MVP: Pujols vs. Ramirez vs. Lincecum

JESSICA BADER: No pitcher has finished in the top five since 2000, and while I’m not confident that we’ll see that streak broken this year, I think it should be. Tim Lincecum is having another fantastic year. The Freak has accumulated 7.8 WAR, behind only Albert Pujols (8.3) and Chase Utley (8.0).

CHRIS PUMMER: It will be hard for anyone to wrestle the award away from Albert Pujols, who’s having maybe his finest offensive season. He’s also no slouch with the glove for a first baseman. Still, Florida’s Hanley Ramirez and Philladelphia’s Chase Utley deserve consideration.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Jessica and Chris make great points. Certainly, pitchers do deserve consideration for this award, and in ordinary seasons, Tim Lincecum could well be that top choice. I feel sorry for Hanley Ramirez, having an MVP-quality season, and especially Chase Utley, who despite being the best player on his team, will not receive an MVP award, unlike both Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard.

But Albert Pujols is a living god, and merely giving him the MVP award doesn’t do him justice. However, it will have to do. Continue reading

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NL East Discourse

DAVE TOMAR: Divisional games promise to be compelling this year and, as the season wears on, loaded with post-season implications. With the Phillies and the Mets, the NL East has two teams with a legitimate shot at the pennant. The edge goes to the team that’s already been there.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I think Dave makes perfectly reasonable picks. However, the reasons I pick the Mets over the Phillies are several-fold, and I disagree with some of his basic assumptions. Continue reading

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