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Wednesday's question: Is the acquisition of Roy Halladay enough to put the Phillies over the top next season?

December 16, 2009 | 10:57 am

Reporters from around the Tribune family tackle the question of the day, then you get a chance to chime in and tell them why they are wrong.

Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times

Roy Halladay might be the best pitcher in baseball, but he won't be able to put the Phillies over the top unless he turns into the second coming of Sandy Koufax. Cliff Lee went 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA in the postseason, so replacing Lee with Halladay makes the Phillies no tougher in October. If the Phillies had traded for Halladay and kept Lee, they would have had the best 1-2 punch in baseball -- the Seattle Mariners do now, with Lee and Felix Hernandez -- and would have had the chance to start Halladay and Lee as many as six times in a seven-game series. No, the key for the Phillies is not Halladay but Cole Hamels, who went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in the 2008 playoffs and 1-2 with a 7.58 ERA in the 2009 playoffs.