Michael Young isn't going to be that bad. He's not going to make people forget Evan Longoria, of course, but he should be our best hot corner guy in some time. Remember who we've run out there lately. Kevin Frandsen was adequate, but his .338/.383/.451 line is the poster child for the Unsustainability Bus. Placido Polanco had his ups and downs, and his 2010 campaign was pretty decent; but his performance in 2011 and especially 2012 was not exactly awe-inspiring. Anybody rememberwho we carriedbefore 2010? That's not an especially high bar; if he measures up to any of his projections, he'll be there.
Chase Utley is going to rebound in a big way. Look for a line similar to 2010; .275/.390/.500 with 20+ HRs and 5.5 WAR. I expect him to sign an two year extension late in the season.
Ditto for Ryan Howard. Dude's been playing on one leg for a year and a half. .260/.360/.550 with 35 HRs. His defense is going to continue to be an issue, but he's hardly Dick Stuart. Not going to win any awards except possibly Comeback Player of the Year, but he's definitely not going to be a negative value player.
Domonic Brown has arrived. Or is going to arrive. Whichever you prefer. The hand soap afficianado will be, alongside Utley and Howard, one of the mainstays of the Phillies offense, and his 2010 campaign provides a good blueprint: .300/.375/.500 with 25 HRs and 15 SBs. His defense will continue to improve with experience, and with his cannon arm, should be a net positive.
Once Delmon Young starts getting playing time, the Phillies theme song will change slightly. Everyone Advance Now. (h/t to Joecatz)
If the Phillies are way out of contention at the deadline, I expect to see Carlos Ruiz traded to a contender. If the Phillies are close to being in contention, I expect a trade with the Dodgers for one of their seven quality outfielders. Andre Ethier, perhaps.
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