Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 2/10/13
The sound of baseball will be heard starting Tuesday as the Phillies pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Pitching which was the strength of the Phillies and the envy of baseball now is a big question mark. A large part of this question mark, Roy Halladay who struggled most of the 2012 campaign and spending time on the disabled list. Halladay who has started opening day the past three seasons for the Phillies will be a big piece of any success the Phillies have in 2013. At 35 soon to be 36 in May, returning to his previous Cy Young form is highly unlikely and we shouldn’t be using this as a measure of success for 2013. With an improved bullpen Halladay should get some relief. The signing of set-up man Mike Adams and the return of Chad Durbin will go a long way to help Halladay and the rest of the Phillies starters. Adams who is coming off surgery to repair nerve and circulation problems is not a sure thing by any means. If he returns to his original form, being one of the best in baseball, Durbin looks that much better. With perfect health the seventh will be Durbin’s, the 8th Adams and the ninth Papelbon.  With this in mind using Halladay past the sixth during the first half of the season will be entirely unnecessary and Charlie Manuel should not. The final important pieces to a successful Phillies pitching staff, number 4 and 5. Kyle Kendrick’s role with the Phillies as the number 4 guy is all his and he earned it the second half of last season. Finishing the season 7-3 with a 2.43 era after the Joe Blanton trade, anything close to these numbers could have a big impact on the Phillies winning the division. The signing of John Lannan who ended his Washington career in Triple A will begin the spring as the number 5 guy and it is his to lose. Hungry for another chance, Lannan could be a great acquisition for the Phillies and maybe a National killer! So with some snow on the ground in Philadelphia the news of warmer days is here! The sound of baseballs hitting gloves that will begin to make reality out of just winter hope. Go Phillies!Similar Posts: Phillies to sign Durbin in a move that strengthens bullpen Is 2013 the last chance for aging Phillies? Are the Phillies good enough to take back the NL East? Reports – Phils agree to terms with reliever Mike Adams Gang Green defense to return to Philly as Eagles close to signing Gus Bradley
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Manfred blames MLBPA for no significant rule changes in 2017

Report: Zach Britton has potential oblique injury

The Rock returns to WWE, leaves CM Punk a voicemail after 'Raw'

After outfield collision, Ichiro pranks teammate and claims he’s been cut

Simeon Rice gets vulgar with radio host over HOF debate

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ronda Rousey to be guest star on NBC’s ‘Blindspot’

Lakers replace Jim Buss with Magic Johnson, fire Kupchak

Report: James Harrison, Steelers share mutual interest in 2017 return

Jimmy Garoppolo’s mom keeping him up to speed on his trade rumors

Report: Clippers intent on keeping both Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

Slam dunks and startups: How all-star technology took over the NBA in The Big Easy

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Box Score 2/21: It's trade heartbreak season

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 100 games with two different teams

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker