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Philadelphia Phillies At A Glance

2002: 80-81, third place in N.L. East.

Manager: Larry Bowa (third season).

He's here: 1B Jim Thome, 3B David Bell, RHP Kevin Millwood, INF Tyler Houston.

He's outta here: 1B Travis Lee, 2B Marlon Anderson, CF Doug Glanville, C Johnny Estrada, RHP Robert Person, RHP Mike Timlin.

Projected lineup: SS Jimmy Rollins (.245, 11, 60, 31 SBs), 2B Placido Polanco (.288, 9, 49), 1B Jim Thome (.304, 52, 118), LF Pat Burrell (.282, 37, 116), RF Bobby Abreu (.308, 20, 85, 50 2Bs, 31 SBs), 3B David Bell (.261, 20, 73), C Mike Lieberthal (.279, 15, 52), CF Marlon Byrd (.297, 15, 63 at Scranton).

Rotation: RH Kevin Millwood (18-8, 3.24), LH Randy Wolf (11-9, 3.20), RH Vicente Padilla (14-11, 3.28), RH Brett Myers (4-5, 4.25), RH Brandon Duckworth (8-9, 5.41).

Key relievers: RH Jose Mesa (4-6, 2.97, 45/54 saves), RH Terry Adams (7-9, 4.35), LH Dan Plesac (2-1, 4.70.

Hot spot: Starting pitching. Padilla struggled in the second half after making the All-Star team in his first year as a starter, and hasn't pitched well this spring. Duckworth struggled in his first full year as a starter, and has been set back by a forearm tendinitis. Myers enters his first full season as a starter after showing signs that he can live up to his status as a former first-round pick.

Stat sheet: The Phillies won 80 games last season after taking the Braves to the final week in the N.L. East race in 2001. They finished second in the N.L. with 531 extra-base hits, including a league-leading 325 doubles and 165 homers, the highest since 169 in 1987.

Bottom line: The Phillies have had just two winning seasons in the last 16 years. GM Ed Wade improved the offense by adding Thome and Bell, and bolstered the pitching staff with Millwood. The moves plus extending the contracts of Burrell and Wolf increased the team's payroll to $73 million. This puts pressure on them to win this year, especially as they prepare to move into a new, baseball-only stadium next season.

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