Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 8/28/12
The trades of Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, along with the waiver of Joe Blanton, tells you all you need to know about the 2012 Phillies. They be sellers. Plus September is at hand. Time to find out who can play and who can’t. John Mayberry Jr. was walking his way out the door when he got hot, clouding the picture. Nate Schierholtz, who knows if he can play since he got hurt? He will need September to show if he can play. He won’t hurt, but the question is can he help make a push. From Phillies.com: Aces Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee were pitching poorly, the usual sound defense was inconsistent, and without Utley and Howard, the offense sputtered. The bullpen, except for closer Jonathan Papelbon, was atrocious. Only veteran left-hander Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99 ERA) and catcher Carlos Ruiz (.335, 14 homers, 58 RBIs) have had outstanding seasons. To add to the team’s woes this season, the Phillies’ string of 257 consecutive sellouts at Citizens Bank Park ended on Aug. 6. At the All-S...
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