Phillies Will Lack Plate Discipline in 2013

From 2006-10, a five-year span, the Phillies laid claim to one of the most prolific offenses in Major League Baseball. Behind one of baseball’s youngest, most-talented cores — Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, and Jayson Werth — the Phillies did it all: they hit for average, they hit for power, they drew a lot of walks, and they ran the bases often and efficiently. Offense across baseball began to decline in 2010, but the Phillies declined much more sharply as that once-young core succumbed to older age and injury woes.

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