There are some teams that have such depth at the Major League level and in their farm system that they can withstand a few injuries and still compete at a high level. The St. Louis Cardinals are a team that come to mind.
That's not the Phillies. At least, not this year.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was rather candid when discussing the fate of the 2014 Phillies with Sam Donnellon of The Philadelphia Daily News. He mixed no words when talking about the importance of the aging nucleus staying healthy.
If they don't? "If we lose guys in the middle of the lineup again," Amaro said. "We're basically screwed."
This is not exactly eye-opening. Anybody who watched more than six innings of the Phillies last year knows this team is totally different with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard compared to when both are on the shelf. But typically we're used to hearing blind confidence and the total avoidance of the major "what if" scenario that is more realistic than "long shot" given the track record of the core over the last two seasons.
Screwed is probably the most accurate way to phrase the potential situation. Unfortunately you'd rather be saying it while sitting around talking with friends than hearing your team's general manager using it in the same context.
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