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  1. So losing a potential starter for 3-6 weeks will hurt a team’s depth. Who would have figured.

    Comment by Nik — March 7, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

  2. “And while there’s an argument that this might have been a good thing in the long run for Brown…”

    At first, I was confused by this statement, but then I remembered that the world is full of idiots who make inane arguments all the time.

    Comment by Ben — March 7, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

  3. We seem to be bending over backwards to find reasons why Philly won’t boringly coast to another division title this season. None of them have stuck so far.

    It’s unclear how we would have characterized Philly’s depth last season, when Wilson Valdez and Juan Castro got major playing time backing up Polanco and Rollins and Utley, or when some combo of Gload and Sweeney was filling in for Howard (and I could go on in this vein), but the Phillies did just fine anyway. So maybe it’s not necessary to discuss gathering storm clouds if Dom Brown’s hand gets hurt and Chase Utley’s knee is sore, or if the Phillies suddenly have to face the season-ruining prospect of life with 3 aces instead of 4.

    Comment by bflaff — March 7, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

  4. Brown got hurt because the Phillies are so old.

    Comment by Nik — March 7, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

  5. Look for the silver lining, my friend?

    After all, Amelia Earhart being lost at sea MIGHT have been good for her in the long run, because she might have survived and married a wonderful man on a desert island.

    And the Vietnam War might have been a good thing for the US, because in the long run we got some great movies out of it.

    And this article might have been a good thing in the long run, because… something something. :)

    Comment by B N — March 7, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

  6. “In losing Jayson Werth, the Phillies were already looking at a downgrade in outfield production . . .”

    Can you say ‘exacerbate’, Nik?

    Comment by xdog — March 7, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

  7. “We seem to be bending over backwards to find reasons why Philly won’t boringly coast to another division title this season. None of them have stuck so far.”

    Well, how could any of them have stuck? We’re still in ST…..

    I expect Brown to miss more than 3-6 weeks anyway. He clearly needed regular PA’s to start the season, and he wasn’t going to get that at the big-league level regardless since it was almost a given that he’d be platooned. The last time he experienced regular playing time was in AAA before his callup.

    And actually, the Phillies weren’t doing too great while dealing with all those injuries. The Braves had a 7.5 game lead at one point, and a 3 game lead at the start of September. Not making excuses, but the Phillies got fully healthy in September while the Braves went the opposite direction by losing Prado, Chipper, Jurrjens, and Medlen. Without their ridiculous win total from September, they probably miss the playoffs.

    Comment by Undocorkscrew — March 7, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

  8. Gee, a Braves homer would have an anti-Phillies rant, what a surprise

    Comment by Nik — March 7, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  9. Even when Brown comes back, he won’t be 100%. Hand/wrist injuries hamper hitters for a year or more.

    Maybe they should talk to the Red Sox about JD Drew or Mike Cameron. Heck, I am sure the Mets would love to dump Jason Bays contract.

    If they do nothing, and Utleys injury proves to be more serious than they admit to, runs might be hard to come by.

    Comment by pft — March 7, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

  10. Cameron might be a pretty good swap option. The Red Sox seem to have a bit of depth in their OF ranks at this point, and I’m not sure if Cameron is much better than some of the younger guys at this point (Ellsbury, Kalish, Reddick… well, probably still better than Reddick, but still). With that said, given last year’s train wreck of injuries, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Red Sox sit on depth.

    Comment by B N — March 8, 2011 @ 2:35 am

  11. You beat me to the punch. The Phillies didn’t fare all that well with their injuries last year — They only showed how great they could be when they were healthy. Also to note is that they will not have Jayson Werth this year. I’ve noted privately that both Boston and Philadelphia seem clearly and indisputably to be the best teams in their respectively leagues and that it has been a long time before two teams, one in each league, look so much more formidable than the rest of their peers. Knowing how the game is, it seemed almost certain that at least one of them would fall flat either through disappointing performance or unfortunate circumstance. It really seems like the witches brew is being mixed for the latter to tag Philly as the one of those two teams to fall flat.

    Comment by Larry Smith Jr. — March 8, 2011 @ 4:30 am

  12. Argh. 4:30 am. Typos. RESPECTIVE leagues and “long time since”. *sigh*

    Comment by Larry Smith Jr. — March 8, 2011 @ 4:31 am

  13. First, touting Marcel as a projector for Francisco and Brown 2011 stats is a dangerous proposition. Maybe I do not understand Marcel enough, but it is averages placed into a regression model, and I really don’t like that system.

    Second, as someone pointed out up front, injuries hurt depth and flexibility by definition. The Phillies did not just lose Roy Halladay or Rollins (again) or Utley (again). They lost a guy who has done nothing in the majors so far.

    Third, the article disproves itself. Yes, flexibility and depth are limited, but Swyden mentions seven players who could take utility positions with the club. Well, jeez, they aren’t the best options, but rarely do you get “best” options when injuries occur.

    Overall, this is a disappointing piece of work for a variety of reasons, including the loss of the 7 minutes it took me to write this comment.

    Comment by Toz — March 8, 2011 @ 10:33 am

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