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  1. Is it too early for the Seattle fan in me to hope that the Phillies trade for Jose Lopez? :)

    Comment by Bodhizefa — June 30, 2010 @ 10:06 am

  2. The Braves, as of June 30 when this was published, lead the NL East by 1.5 games, and lead the Phillies by 2.5 games. The second paragraph is incorrect.

    Comment by Zach B. — June 30, 2010 @ 10:08 am

  3. I guess I’m just lashing out, but it’s the Inquirer.

    At any rate, from what I’m hearing, it’s Utley that is likely to miss significant time.

    Comment by doc / — June 30, 2010 @ 10:14 am

  4. Thanks Genius, I’m glad we cleared that up that if the Phils lose Utley and replace him with Exxon Valdez they aren’t going to be as good as a team.

    I wonder what happens if Pujols gets hurt and is replaced by Aaron Miles?

    Comment by LetsGoMutz — June 30, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

  5. I think it’s a little early to say a team will struggle to contend when they are only a few game out of the division race before July. You even said they had the talent to contend without the two players, plus they will get them back towards the end of the season when they need them.

    Comment by Nick — June 30, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

  6. Inquirer, not Enquirer.

    Comment by Phillies Red — June 30, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

  7. Yeah, because all the article says is “Polanco and Utley injured, Phils worse off”.

    Or the article actually tries to quantify what the absence of two of their infielders means. You tell me.


    Comment by JohnnyK — June 30, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

  8. What you are ignoring is that in 2007 the Phillies missed Utley for much of the year yet won the East anyway. Even if it’s true that Utley will miss lots of time that does not mean they will not make the playoffs.

    What counts is pitching, pitching and more pitching + Amarro willing to spend,
    some seroius $$$$.

    Comment by joe clark — June 30, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

  9. “What you are ignoring is that in 2007 the Phillies missed Utley for much of the year yet won the East anyway. ”

    Joe Clark, Utley only missed 29 games in 2007. He still posted a 7.7 WAR.

    Comment by tom — June 30, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

  10. OK, thanks boy wonder, I re read the entire article and you are 100% correct and I clearly missed the whole point of this worthwhile exercise. Please everyone, don’t read this article and think that it can’t be summarized as follows: “Phils are better with Utley…”

    Comment by LetsGoMutz — June 30, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

  11. don’t forget the part the 07 mets played in that little scenario

    Comment by fredsbank — June 30, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

  12. If the Phillies had lost the East they would have ended up in a bizarre three way playoff for the wildcard with the two 89 win NL West teams, I think. So the Mets helped, but the Phillies *might* have made the playoffs anyway.

    Comment by don — June 30, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

  13. Troll much?

    Comment by Jason B — June 30, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

  14. No it can’t be summarized as follows: “Phils are better with Utley…”. It tells us *how much* better the Phils are with Utley.

    So – try again.

    Comment by JohnnyK — June 30, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

  15. I’d say not. He’s not very good at it…

    Comment by E Dub — June 30, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

  16. For how many of Juan Carlos Ramirez, Phillippe Aumont, or Tyson Gillies?

    Comment by BX — June 30, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

  17. What’s the difference in meaning between those two words anyways? failed me.

    Comment by Yoloslim — July 1, 2010 @ 12:41 am


    Comment by STRONGISLAND-NYYFANS — July 1, 2010 @ 12:54 am

  19. It’s the Philadelphia Inquirer. That’s an “I”, not an “E”.

    Comment by NickFromGermantown — July 1, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

  20. Eh.

    Comment by neuter_your_dogma — September 21, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

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