#16 - Philadelphia
Offense: All-or-nothing offense. WsL Rank: 13th
Starting Pitching: Is anyone scared of Matt Garza vs their ace?WsL Rank: 17th
Relief Pitching: zzzzzzzzzzWsL Rank: 20th
Philadelphia switched gears again in 2010, focusing on building a dynamite pitching staff featuring Adam Wainwright, Roy Oswalt and Mat Latos. However, they sported one of the worst offenses in baseball. If you can't score runs and your starting staff isn't 100% elite, you aren't going to win as much as you'd like. Given that Philly finished behind New York and Baltimore, you can guess how accurate that statement turned out to be.
Final Record: 79-83, 3rd in NL East
Team AVG: .253, T-17th in the WsL
Team OBP: .315, 19th in the WsL
Team SLG: .384, 19th in the WsL
Team ERA: 3.86, 10th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .251, 10th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 168, T-13th in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
Faced with losing Adam Wainwright to a season-ending injury, A's management did a pretty solid job cobbling together a rotation of Matt Garza, Javy Vazquez and Edwin Jackson for relatively cheap. It's not the best rotation money can buy, certainly, but those three are reasonably effective for a fair price.
Worst Offseason Move
Given how murky Philadelphia's cap situation has become, it was curious to see the A's lock up Ian Kinsler for $13M. Kinsler is a good 2B, but he's not elite. Factor in that the signing might cost Philly Ryan Braun next off-season? Hope it was worth it for them.
PG's '11 Prediction
Philadelphia has a pair of elite hitters in Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. Unfortunately, they also have three of the worst hitters in the game set to start every day in Posada, Guttierez and Mark Reynolds. Smells like mediocrity to PG. 74-88 record.