Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 12/30/12
The Phillies after missing out on some big name free agents are beginning to shape up well, sort of average on paper. The way it looks now the Phillies are pinning their hopes on Howard and Utley to have bounce back years. While this is certainly plausible, “hope” is not very inspiring. It is all in the numbers and if we take a look at the projected lineup for this coming season the Phillies will need more than just our two aging stars. Last Season player numbers:                                Ave     HRS    OBP                    HOPE>      HRS    OBP Revere CF    .294           0        .347                                            Rollins  SS    .250         23       .316                                         Utley    2B     .256         11        .365                                         25          .400 Howard 1B   .219          14       .295                                          35          .320    Young   3B   .277          8       .347                                            20          .365 Ruff        LF   .333           3       .351                                             25          .350 Ruiz*     C     .325          16      .394 Brown  RF   .235            5      .316                                             15            .330 Outfield, with Mayberry and Nix  complete the outfield that is a projected platoon as of today. Without any other signing this looks to be troublesome. Ruff, who is an unknown to this point with little MLB experience could be the answer to eliminate one platoon. If the Phillies can get early production from Ruff, it is likely he will slide up to bat fifth behind Howard. What the Phillies need overall from Ruff for the season, 25 hrs and 90 rbi and an average around .275 would be ideal. Sliding Ruff up to fifth would leave Young to bat sixth or possibly second. Young who has declining numbers can also be added to the list for bounce back seasons with Howard and Utley. Anything near 20 home runs for Young will be a great season for him and the Phillies. Platoon of Brown and Nix? Lets get on board AGAIN with Brown will have a coming out year!! Getting 15 home runs from Brown and a .250 average might land him the starting right field job. So to add in plenty of hope the numbers do look better on paper. Is it enough to win the NL East? *Ruiz to start season suspended    Similar Posts: How would Vernon Wells help the Phillies? Adding a corner outfielder will come at expense of Ruf or Brown for Phillies Phillies Darin Ruf hitting his way to starting job Phillies on a limited budget? Trade for Revere a good business move Can Ruben Amaro Jr. put the Phillies back together again?
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