Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 3/26/13
The Phillies finished the 2012 season with an 81-81 record, while going 35-24 in their last 59 games. The Phillies had ruled the NL East for the past couple season, winning the last five titles. But, 2012 was a disappointment as they went just 33-39 in games within the division. While the teams may be on different levels, the Phillies off season was very similar to that of the Boston Red Sox. The Phillies made many moves, none considered to be “blockbuster”. The Phillies addressed needs at 3B (Michael Young), OF (Ben Revere, Delmon Young), and the bullpen (Mike Adams, Chad Durbin). The Phillies 2012 season got off to a rough start when former All Star 1B Ryan Howard and 2B Chase Utley were forced to miss the start of the season due to injuries. Many expected Utley to be back sooner than June 27th and in the meantime, ace RHP Roy Halliday went down with a significant injury. Halliday was on the DL from May 28th to July 16th. Howard made his season debut on July 7th. It was no coi...
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