Why worry? Sports books have the Phillies pegged for around 95 wins, well ahead of their improved division rivals. Hall-of-fame Beerleaguer MG offers his insights.
“In games started by the big three (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels), the Phillies were a combined 64-31 (.673) last season. Even if the offense does struggle a bit (my bet is that they fall somewhere between sixth and eight in the National League in runs scored), it is hard to believe the Phils wouldn't be able to win at least at a .600 clip with them on the mound. Probably closer to .650. That's roughly 60 wins right there. They’ll just need to find a way to scrap together another 30 wins in order to hit 90.” - MG
Beerleaguer: From the books cited in the story above, the Phils are priced at 17-to-10 to win the National League and 5-to-1 to win the World Series. They're the only NL team available at less than 15-to-1 odds to win it all.
However, the baseball handicapper cited in the piece wasn't convinced. “The Phillies, I think, are a little overpriced,” he said. "Everyone is still in love with them, but they haven’t really upgraded. When I drew up my futures, mine looked a lot different than what the books put up.”
The article sets the over/under at 93.5 wins.