National League

Baseball 2007

April 01, 2007|By DAN CONNOLLY

BREAKOUT PLAYER / / SHANE VICTORINO

Team / / Philadelphia Phillies

Position / / Outfielder

Comment / / Victorino, 26, can play any spot in the outfield and is one of the fastest players in the league. Now, he has a full-time spot in the lineup and a new coach, Davey Lopes, who is working with him on stealing bases. If he sticks around for two more full seasons, the Flyin' Hawaiian will likely pass Orioles fan favorite Lenn Sakata for second in major league at-bats by a Hawaii native.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

LAST SEASON / / 85-77 / / SECOND PLACE

LINEUP 2006 STATISTICS

SS Jimmy Rollins .277, 127 runs, 36 SBs

RF Shane Victorino .287, 6 HRs, 46 RBIs

2B Chase Utley .309, 32 HRs, 102 RBIs

1B Ryan Howard .313, 58 HRs, 149 RBIs

LF Pat Burrell .258, 29 HRs, 95 RBIs

3B Wes Helms .329, 10 HRS, 47 RBIs

CF Aaron Rowand .262, 12 HRs, 47 RBIs

C Rod Barajas .256, 11 HRs, 41 RBIs

ROTATION

RHP Brett Myers 12-7, 3.91 ERA, 189 K's

LHP Cole Hamels 9-8, 4.08 ERA, 145 K's

RHP Freddy Garcia 17-9, 4.53 ERA, 135 K's

LHP Jamie Moyer 11-14, 4.30 ERA, 108 K's

RHP Adam Eaton 7-4, 5.12 ERA, 43 K's

BULLPEN

RHP Tom Gordon 3-4, 3.34 ERA, 34 saves

RHP Ryan Madson 11-9, 5.69 ERA, 2 saves

RHP Geoff Geary 7-1, 2.96 ERA, 1 save

Manager / / Charlie Manuel, third season with the Phillies, sixth overall

Payroll / / $95 million

X-factor / / After a fruitless offseason attempt to move his fat contract, left fielder Pat Burrell will be under the microscope.

Best case / / The right side of the infield continues hitting at a ridiculous pace. ... General manager Pat Gillick is able to move extra starter Jon Lieber for much-needed bullpen help.

Worst case / / Another slow start dampens the optimism and puts good-guy Manuel's job in danger. ... Closer Tom Gordon's arm troubles grow more serious, putting his setup crew on the spot even more than it already is.

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