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Ken Rosenthal previews Saturday's MLB on FOX action.
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I am still -- and and welcome to this MLB on fox preview presented by Chevrolet. In the next generation of baseball memories I'm going to be doing -- fox sports dot com's Ken Rosenthal will be in Philadelphia over the Red Sox and Phillies. The Phillies find themselves in unfamiliar territory last place in the NL east it's really a playoff contender once again healthy. Well til the real question is will they get healthy and to what extent can Chase Utley and Ryan Howard contribute after they return. -- started taking ground ball this week that is supposedly his final test. Before you go out and start playing games but he still probably a couple of weeks away Howard already is in Florida against happening at least wrong. But the question of when he'll come back is not yet know and the question of -- -- -- contribute when their back is certainly not know either. So with the Phillies is that whole week and see the -- and just kinda hang on tread water for the moment but if Utley Howard come back and they're not right. Then they've got a problem. -- of baseball's biggest surprise this space off and the nation's capital Baltimore and Washington. The nationals are winning despite resembling a mash unit how they get it done. Tell us what is easy it's pitching pitching and more pitching. The National League and nationally in -- rate by about three and 19 innings. Same with the rotations here or is there in the -- there is about three months nine. And -- actually is -- pretty -- like you talked about what the heart of our rotation he's seen it quite some time. It because there are so good with the victory that would enable them to stay competitive and through all their injuries. They're hopeful of getting Michael Morse back soon the loss of Ramos the catcher was huge blow for the nationals should be -- was that competitive as well as the pitching holds up. And frankly I see no reason why should. Other White Sox and Cubs battle in the crosstown classic the Cubs are rebuilding mode and got up to our horrendous start. But they played better as of late aren't copies on the right track. Until they're probably on the right track long term I wouldn't get too excited about their chance for 2012. Since their three to eleven start the Cubs have been about 500 team but. Let's not get carried away they're down near the bottom and both ERA in runs scored in the National League. And we look at them. Yet there are some bright spots Brian I have among league leaders and yes. The rotation Dempster Garza the bars and -- but overall this facility evil plot holes a lot of work to do. The NL central it's not a powerful division they could get back into contention somewhat quickly it's just not gonna happen this year and probably not next year. Other Rangers take on the Astros and the eleventh our theories I know -- there late but Josh Hamilton on pace to win the Triple Crown. Pitchers have dominated baseball lately so how impressive at Hamilton's start. Until it's really impresses -- almost goes without saying how impressive it is. Not only is he on pace to in the traditional Triple Crown but also the Saber metric Triple Crown when you throw on base -- wouldn't -- it in there. The big question with. The real question when you try to determine whether he could become the first Triple Crown winners and she -- in the seventh is whether he can stay healthy. Is that guy that -- more than a 133 games each of the last three seasons. Anything can win his races like -- play 130 games and build big league -- healthy and he's sort of so far but it's going to be tough. I don't see Josh Hamilton winning the Triple Crown in the American me -- -- met him when he actually it's just really difficult thing to do. And finally gotten back to visit the Royals what a difference a year makes the Diamondbacks surprised everyone -- -- in out west in 2011. -- this year Arizona is in danger of falling out of the race what's going on -- back. Well for starters injuries and they -- an actress. -- Hudson and also Stephen Drew the entire season. When you look at that you look at -- be Jeff -- at the big reason why the Diamondbacks hats that. Now they're expecting to get young back in short order in the hunt and drew will follow as well so fight with or they can be relatively youthful. But at the same time they need more production out of the players that they have young is tied for the home run -- on the team. Five even though he has missed 27 game. We've talked about them up in the field my hero and healthier players goals that he another one those guys. The level that is capable of and hopefully. For the Diamondbacks once those players get back in the team gets back in -- You'll start to see a club that many people including myself predicted might go to the World Series. Our right -- thanks as always for joining us that's gonna do it for this MLB on fox preview presented by Chevrolet. Building the next generation of baseball memories I can present until they -- and thanks for watching.