Baseball predictions for 2011
This isn't to say that the Phillies aren't the best team in the NL or won't win the NL East for the fifth year in a row. It's merely an acknowledgement that despite adding Cliff Lee, they're an aging team that had some injury and performance issues last year, and whose bullpen is always an adventure. It's a lot to ask these four starters -- three of whom will be at least 32 years old next year -- to carry the roster. Halladay, Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels have combined for more than 60 wins in any season just once, in 2008. The 1993 Braves had four starters younger than all four of the Phillies' hurlers, and they made 142 starts and racked up 75 wins for a 104-win team. That's the gold standard in the free-agent era, and it will remain so a year from now.