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4 Philadelphia Phillies
Michael Farber
April 04, 2005
Contender or also-ran? Depends on the health and effectiveness of the pitchers
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April 04, 2005

4 Philadelphia Phillies

Contender or also-ran? Depends on the health and effectiveness of the pitchers

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Phillies

"THIS LINEUP can hit. They spray the ball around, bunt and move a guy over.... Bobby Abreu is one of the most underrated players in baseball. I think he'll hit .300, steal 30 bases and hit a bunch of home runs.... Only Manny Ramirez hits the ball as consistently and as far as Jim Thome does.... The sleeper could be Chase Utley. He still has to work on turning the double play, but he makes hard contact. He'll hit 18, 20 home runs a year.... Pat Burrell looks much better than he did last year.... Their problem is starting pitching. Randy Wolf has not had a good spring. Brett Myers has flashes but is very inconsistent.... Jon Lieber doesn't overpower hitters, but he has a moving fastball, changes speeds and has good command.... Coming off tendinitis in his right arm, Vicente Padilla is just starting to throw off the mound. If his arm is sound, he could be their Number 1 starter.... They have every right to be excited about [righthander] Gavin Floyd. He's throwing harder than he did last year--93 mph, sometimes 94--and has good movement. He also has a knee-buckling curve."

The Lineup

projected roster with 2004 statistics

Batting Order

SS Rollins

CF Lofton

RF Abreu

1B Thome

LF Burrell

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