Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/25/12
   The Philadelphia Phillies are coming off a very disappointing 2012 season as their expectations were very similar to the past five seasons where they won the National League East division. Among reasons for the teams lack of success was he lack of situational hitting. In particular, their offense struggled to live up to the hype as they ranked toward the bottom of the National League in several important categories. They started the season behind the eight ball as stars Ryan Howard and Chase Utley missed significant parts of the early season. Despite a stronger second half, it became too much of an uphill climb for them to become a factor in the NL East race.      As the team struggled toward the July 31 st trading deadline, decision was made to trade OFs Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, despite the latter having another year remaining on his contract. While the Phillies played better ball towards the end of the season, it is clearly obvious they need a new plan when it comes to...
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