The long-standing hope among insecure fans is that if the city ever ended its 25-year title drought that it would be done by a team that truly earned it, not a lemon that got lucky.
Main art on the Phillies official Web site shows the Phils' announced starting four. Words that come to mind include reliable, tough, dependable. They aren’t just solid under the hood, they look pretty good in the showroom. Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton generate curb appeal as a starting National League four. In the pen, Brad Lidge is the toy every team wants to stash in the garage. Offensively, the model line starts with a nice entry class and ends with top-of-the-line luxury.
In the end, the Phillies constructed a good starting staff, which is where it all starts. The 2008 model line represents a marked improvement from the rickshaws of the past. On September 7, 2007 – a little over a year ago -- fans watched a short-handed staff run out J.D. Durbin, John Ennis, Jamie Moyer, Kyle Lohse, Adam Eaton and Kyle Kendrick in consecutive starts, with Kendrick representing the top of the line at the time. Less than a month later and with Hamels back, their playoff rotation went Hamels, Kendrick, Moyer, with Lohse in a swing role. Although the offense was the biggest problem in their NLDS loss to Colorado, their rotation wasn't built to last.
This one is.