MLB MLB Team News NL East — 04 April 2010

2009 regular season record: 93-69, First place, NL East

Major Offseason Acquisitions: Roy Halladay (TOR), Placido Polanco (DET), Danys Baez (BAL), Brian Schneider (WAS), Jose Contreras (COL)

Major Offseason Losses: Cliff Lee (SEA), Chan Ho Park (NYY), Pedro Feliz (HOU), Eric Bruntlett (WAS), Matt Stairs (SD), Kyle Drabek (TOR)

Projected Lineup (2009 stats):

1. SS-Jimmy Rollins (.250 BA, .296 OBP, 21 HR, 77 RBI, 31 SB)

2. 3B-Placido Polanco (.285 BA, .331 OBP, 10 HR, 72 RBI)

3. 2B-Chase Utley (.282 BA, .397 OBP, 31 HR, 93 RBI, 23 SB)

4. 1B-Ryan Howard (.279 BA, .360 OBP, 45 HR, 141 RBI)

5. RF-Jayson Werth (.268 BA, .373 OBP, 36 HR, 99 RBI, 20 SB)

6. LF-Raul Ibanez (.272 BA, .347 OBP, 34 HR, 93 RBI)

7. CF-Shane Victorino (.292 BA, .358 OBP, 10 HR, 62 RBI, 25 SB)

8. C-Carlos Ruiz (.255 BA, .355 OBP, 9 HR, 43 RBI)

Projected Starting Rotation/Closer (2009 stats):

1. RHP Roy Halladay (17-10, 2.79 ERA, 239 IP)

2. LHP Cole Hamels (10-11, 4.32 ERA, 193.2 IP)

3. RHP Joe Blanton (12-8, 4.05 ERA, 195.1 IP)

4. LHP J.A. Happ (12-4, 2.93 ERA, 166 IP)

5. LHP Jamie Moyer (12-10, 4.94 ERA, 162 IP)

Closer: RHP Brad Lidge (7.21 ERA, 31 saves)

2010 outlook: The Phillies are coming off of their second-consecutive trip to the World Series, where they lost 4-2 to the New York Yankees.

They made what may have been the biggest move of the entire offseason when they brought in longtime Blue Jays’ ace Roy Halladay.

Halladay has been one of the most consistent pitchers in the American League for years, and the transition to the National League is expected to make his life easier.

They gave up postseason hero Cliff Lee and top prospect Kyle Drabek in order to acquire Halladay, which was obviously no cheap price to pay.

However, questions about whether or not Lee can remain a solid no. 1 option likely led the Phillies in the direction of Halladay, who has won at least 16 games in six different seasons.

Like the starting rotation, the Phillies’ lineup also underwent a change at the top, with the acquisition of Placido Polanco.

Polanco has a reputation as a solid, everyday player, and is an ideal no. 2 hitter to fit in right behind Jimmy Rollins at the top of the order.

2010 will be the 34-year-old infielders third different stint with Philadelphia.

A major key for the Phillies’ success will be how closer Brad Lidge performs.

A season after not blowing a single save, Lidge blew 11 in 2009, battling injury on the way to a horrendous 7.21 ERA.

If he can get back to the dominating way he was during the championship season of ’08, the Phillies will have the best all-around team in the National League.

2010 Prediction: 100-62, First place, NL East

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