The season is a quarter spent. Many baseball people say it takes 50 games to get a feel for a team; that arbitrary milestone looms in a week. As the Phillies get ready to open a series tonight against the New York Mets at Citi Field, here’s a look at the questions, concerns and issues facing the defending National League champions:
1. Is the starting pitching good enough?
Good enough to make the playoffs? Probably. Roy Halladay is Roy Halladay, despite a tough go of it his last time out. Cole Hamels seems to be getting himself together. Jamie Moyer is having another amazing renaissance and Joe Blanton is solid and dependable.