Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
Philadelphia will contend, that much is certain. Whether Utley comes back or not may mean the difference between playoff team and World Series champ. Since Howard is gone, he'll have to carry the load. Too, with Victorino in front of him, he should have opportunities to hit.
I agree with your other three but Chase Utley's knee issue isn't going away. He simply doesn't have the cartilage -- it's like an NBA player who isn't "injured" per se', but loses his burst. I think he'll still be a very productive player, but his MVP days are behind him.
My big sleeper is Mike Stanton. He's scary and just 22 this year. With Reyes, Bonafacio and Hanley on base base ahead of him and Logan Morrison behind him, he could hit 40 bombs, drive in 120 and score 100. Meanwhile, he's a good defender and has a great arm, so it's not like that can be held against him.