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We're going to go into some numbers here: Roy Halladay's career ERA+ (a measure of ERA relative to the league, with 100 being the league average) is 134. That's really good! It's 25th all time among pitchers. Last year, however? 89. That's pretty bad. If his 3 1/3-inning, five-run performance in Wednesday's 9-2 loss to the Braves is any indication, Halladay might be in for another tough year. And to think -- he's only a few seasons removed from winning a Cy Young Award and throwing a perfect game.

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The Phillies have begun trading off some of their component parts, sending Hunter Pence to the Giants and Shane Victorino to the Dodgers before the trade deadline. Which outfielder will have a bigger effect on the National League West pennant race?

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The Phillies are in last place in the NL East due in part to ace pitcher Roy Halladay who hasn't exactly been himself lately. This is Philadlephia we're talking about, where sports pessimism runs high, so how are Phils fans coping with the latest developments and what should the team do?

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Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels will serve a five-game suspension for intentionally throwing at Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper. Does Hamels deserve to be punished for his actions?


Good intention?

Cole Hamels used an old school way of welcoming 19-year old rookie Bryce Harper to Major League Baseball by purposely throwing at him.

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What do you make of Cole Hamels saying he hit Bryce Harper on purpose?

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Fans' take on Cole's suspension:

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Opening Day -- well, Opening Night, really, and we technically already had one of those in Japan, but who's counting? -- is finally here, as the Cardinals will take on the Marlins tonight in the first stateside regular-season MLB game. It's bound to be an exciting season with so many players having changed teams, but has the power structure been altered significantly?

Vote: Pick each division and pennant, and the winner of the World Series

Rank: Baseball's best teams? | Top players in the game?


World Series repeat?

The Cardinals prevailed over the Rangers in the 2011 World Series, but St. Louis lost its biggest gun this past offseason ...

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Which team is more likely to make it back to the World Series?

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Best player?

... which is a pretty big loss, considering he might be one of the best players of all time.

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Which of these players would you most want on your team?

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Odd one out?

The Red Sox missed the playoffs last season after an epic September collapse. Will they be on the outside looking in once again?

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Which of these AL East teams is most likely to miss the playoffs?

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AL's best?

Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols were probably the two biggest additions to teams in the American League, meaning the balance of power could shift.

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Which is the best team in the American League?

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NL's best?

Likewise, the addition of Jose Reyes to the Marlins could give the team a huge upgrade -- offensively with new third baseman Hanley Ramirez, and defensively at shortstop.

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Which is the best team in the National League?

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