Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Since 2008 the Philadelphia Phillies lineup has slowly faded from being the best in the National League to one that struggled to score runs at certain points in 2012. While injuries played a part in some of the team’s offensive woes last season, the team lacked the depth that it had once had. The 2013 Phillies lineup could be their best in years. Watching this group of players hit in the cages and in games in Clearwater, Florida this spring, there is plenty to be excited about. The middle of the lineup is back and Ryan Howard looks poised to have a big season. While Chase Utley has struggled in early Grapefruit League play, just having him in the lineup will help this team. Jimmy Rollins is back with the team and is ahead of schedule for opening day after playing in the World Baseball Classic. Rollins will give the team a steady presence in the top of the order and at 34 years of age can still make things happen. Carlos Ruiz will be back after a 25 game PED suspension and should aga...
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