PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (92-70, 1st)
MANAGER: Charlie Manuel (5th season)
PAYROLL: $131 million
X-FACTOR: Chase Utley has made a speedy return from hip surgery but any sort of setback would cripple the lineup.
BEST CASE: Brad Lidge, after going 48 for 48 in save chances, keeps bucking the odds.
The ageless Jamie Moyer just keeps winning at 46.
Ryan Howard avoids the slow start that has plagued him the past two years and makes another run at the MVP.
WORST CASE: Cole Hamels' elbow problems return after a season in which he threw nearly 260 innings, including the postseason.
Raul Ibanez proves even more of a defensive liability in left than the departed Pat Burrell.
They become at least the sixth pennant winner in the past four years to miss the playoffs the following year.
SS Jimmy Rollins
CF Shane Victorino
2B Chase Utley
1B Ryan Howard
RF Jayson Werth
LF Raul Ibanez
3B Pedro Feliz
C Carlos Ruiz
LHP Cole Hamels
RHP Brett Myers
LHP Jamie Moyer
National League East preview capsules
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