And, of course, they would be vulnerable in a playoff series against an opponent that also had outstanding pitching. What happened to the Phillies last year in the NLCS loss to the San Francisco Giants certainly could repeat itself this fall.
But honestly, focusing concerns on that right now is a recipe for developing an ulcer during what looks to be an enjoyable summer of winning baseball. In their 128 full seasons, the Phillies have had just two seasons of at least 100 victories - 1976 and '77, when they won 101 each.
At their current winning percentage of .620, these Phillies are on pace to win 100 1/2 games. We can round that off to give them a franchise-record-tying 101 wins.
That's a hell of a season to miss out on because you're overwhelmed by thoughts of an October flameout. And really, it's a concern about things that probably will be addressed or likely won't play a huge factor.
The fear seems to be that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. isn't doing what you want right now so you're extrapolating it to mean he's not going to do anything, ever. That simply has not been the modus operandi of this general manager. In fact, Amaro has been the exact opposite of sit tight and play things out.
Before the 2009 trade deadline, Amaro acquired former Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee from Cleveland. That move propelled the Phillies to their second consecutive trip to the World Series.
Last season, with Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels already in play, Amaro bolstered the stretch drive by acquiring Roy Oswalt from Houston at the trade deadline.
After the Phillies lost to the Giants in the NLCS, Amaro signed Lee to join Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt.
Oh, by the way, Amaro made all those moves after insisting that the Phillies had no more flexibility to add to the payroll. His track record suggests he will find a way to address a perceived major weakness.
But the alternative that isn't popular to accept is that the Phillies won't do anything because they are winning in the way they were designed to win - on the back of strong starting pitching.
Considering $67 million is invested in this season's five-man rotation, it should be expected that these starters will carry most days. Of course, you would love to get six or seven runs every game, but that is not feasible.
Sometimes the Phillies' bats struggle because they are facing good pitchers. That, however, is exactly why this rotation was put together.
"If we score three or four runs, our starters have a good chance to win the game," manager Charlie Manuel said after Halladay earned his 10th victory.
These starters have shown they don't need a lot of run support. They have won low-scoring games all season.
Halladay (10-3) has given up more than four runs once in 17 starts.
Since giving six runs in his first start, Hamels (9-4) has given up four runs just one other time.
Lee (8-5) has given up more than four runs in just two starts.
There are 16 starters in the majors with an ERA under 2.88. In Halladay, Hamels and Lee, the Phillies have three of them.
That's as close to a World Series lock as the Phillies can give you. The percentages won't increase that much if a bat is added. It's still going to come down to pitching. Even if Oswalt can't return from his back injury, the rotation is built to win 11 games stretched out over three playoff series.
Here's what you have to do to stop the Phillies from winning the World Series:
In the National League Division Series, you have to beat some combination of Halladay, Hamels and Lee twice, and three times if the Phillies go to a three-man rotation.
In the NLCS and World Series, it will require three wins against that trio, assuming you beat whomever starts for the Phillies in Game 4.
Otherwise, you'll have to pull all four wins against Halladay, Hamels and/or Lee.
That could happen, especially if the offense goes into one of its serious funks at the wrong time.
Still, the starters were put together to win playoff games by scores of 3-1 and 2-0, not 6-4 or 7-5.
So far, all that's done is produce the best record in baseball.
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