Commentary

Scouting the Philadelphia Phillies

Brad Lidge's inability to take the ball in the ninth creates other bullpen holes

Originally Published: October 4, 2009
By Keith Law | Scouts Inc.

On paper, at least, the Phillies have the best playoff roster in the National League, a team with several areas of real strength and only one major weakness: the bullpen. They have a deep, patient lineup, a rotation with two No. 1 starters and one of the best defensive clubs in the postseason. The best team doesn't always win a playoff series -- the Phillies benefited from that last year when they upset the Rays -- but Phillies fans should like their chances to at least reach the World Series again.

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