Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Philadelphia Phillies
They didn't go all Big Red Machine on us, but what about two of three?
Insider's series on MLB teams that are done for the year continues with the Philadelphia Phillies, who didn't repeat despite taking Game 1 of the World Series on the gem hurled by Cliff Lee. So with the futures of Brad Lidge and Cole Hamels unclear -- what now?
Baseball Prospectus' preseason PECOTA projection: 87-75, T-second place, NL East
Actual record: 93-69, first place, NL East
The Phillies have a ton of question marks, but their core talent should keep them above water in what figures to be a highly-competitive NL East next year.
To see the takes of Buster Olney, Baseball Prospectus, Kevin Goldstein's prospect analysis and Rumor Central on what went wrong for the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies and what that means for 2010, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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Insider and Baseball Prospectus now ask: What went wrong for each MLB team, and what may the future hold? We'll be covering the playoff teams as they're eliminated, and finish off with what the World Series champs need to do to improve (hey, there's always something).
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