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By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Though their season officially begins on Thursday in Pittsburgh, the Phillies will play tonight and Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park in the On-Deck Series against the Pirates.
Their injury problems and age have been well documented, but will the Phillies be able to withstand those challenges to win another National League East title? Let us know if you think they’ll prevail in the comments. Here are some opinions from around the country:
A St. Louis Cardinals blog says the Phillies starting pitching is “too much to bet against.”
MLB Dirt says the Phillies will win fewer than 90 games.
Horsehide Chronicles says the Phillies are shaken, but pitching will carry them to another NL East title.
Andy Knerr says the Phillies will win 96 games, but fall just short of winning the division.
Mark Swindell says that Cole Hamels will be the team’s best pitcher this year.
The 1 Constant says the Phillies look a little vulnerable.
Pitchers Hit Eighth says the Phillies are the same story, different year.
Corey Noles says the Phillies will win the division, but this year will be more of a fight.
Philliedelphia says that the Phillies pitching is just too good.
Counting Baseballs says that the Phillies will regress a little bit.
Big League Stew says the offense will be good enough.
Statfox says their win total will decrease, but the Phillies will still prevail.
Baseball Evaluation says the Phillies can contend, regardless of injuries.
Camel Clutch says this may be the last year the Phillies can contend for a World Series with this group.