Phils Back to Full Strength


We’re 56 games into the season, and the Philadelphia Phillies will finally be able to field their projected 2011 lineup.  The Friday night return of Shane Victorino brings the Phils offense back to full strength.

Competing NL East squads should be worried.  The Phillies should only continue to improve as the season progresses.

While their pitching has been on point so far thanks to their loaded deck (4 aces and a joker), the club’s offense definitely has some room for growth.

And it appears that grow it shall.

A healthy Victorino sitting atop the order makes everyone better, and I’m thinking there’s a chance we see Chase Utley improve upon his .194 batting average.

Philadelphia seemed to be getting back on track offensively last week, averaging just above 6 runs a contest over an 8 game stretch.

They again went dormant as they wrapped up their last series with the Nationals.  The Phillies scored a combined 3 runs over the final two games.

Victorino is returning from a hamstring injury.  Philadelphia cut his rehab short Thursday night, as they deemed him ready to go for Friday when the team takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh.