The Phillies are hoping to strike gold, or at least silver, with reclamation projects Michael Young and Delmon Young. They're hoping Ben Revere's 2012 wasn't a mirage and that the 24-year-old can maintain a high enough batting average to make up for a lack of walks. They're hoping Domonic Brown, or perhaps Darin Ruf, can develop into a useful everyday major-leaguer. Oh, and they're hoping Chase Utley and Ryan Howard can stay healthy and be at least 75-80 percent of what they once were. Offensively, there are a ton of questions. But Ruben Amaro has built this team on pitching in recent years. You've surely heard a lot this offseason that in order for the Phillies to improve upon last year's third-place finish in the NL East, they'll need Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay to pitch like three aces. That's not necessarily true. They don't all need to have Cy Young-caliber seasons. They just need to perform up to their 2010-12 averages.
Stats show Phillies' rotation still NL's best
CSN Philly | Jan 30