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#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

2010 Synopsis
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.

79-83, 3rd in NL East

Reality Check
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

Primary Lineup
C - Jorge Posada
1B - Prince Fielder
2B - Ian Kinsler
SS - Darwin Barney
3B - Mark Reynolds
LF - Ryan Braun
CF - Franklin Guttierez
RF - Corey Hart
DH - N/A

Starting Rotation
#1 - Matt Garza
#2 - Javier Vazquez
#3 - Edwin Jackson
#4 - Joe Saunders
#5 - Dana Eveland
Top Prospects
SS - Brandon Crawford

RP - John Axford
RP - Zach Braddock
RP - Nick Massett
RP - Boone Logan
RP - Kevin Gregg

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.

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