With all due respect, this team right now could not hold a candle to that 1993 juggernaut, a truly powerful and deep team. Actually its not close. That team was in first place the entire season, save for one day the first week of the season, and were never truly challenged for the division title save for a couple of days when the Cards and Expos made pseudo attempts to make it a race. That team beat a powerful Atlanta Braves team in the playoffs and came within a blown 14-9 eighth inning lead in Game 4 of entering the last inning of Game 6 three outs from a World Series title.
That team was incredibly deep with a bench of Pete Incavlia, Wes Chamberlain, Mariano Duncan, Kim Batisite, Rickey Jordan and Todd Pratt. Most of those players would have been regulars on other teams. The one weakness they began the season with, shortstop, was quickly turned into a major strength when rookie Kevin Stocker replaced Juan Bell in June.
As for the pitching, the '93 team had a five man rotation that remained stable all season...Curt Schilling, Tommy Greene, Terry Mulholland, Danny Jackson and Ben Rivera. Save a few weeks when Mulholland missed a couple of starts they were the starters the entire season and none won less than 12 games.
The bullpen was deep and effective. Yes, Williams drove us all crazy but he saved 43 games during the regular season and saved 3 more in the playoffs. David West was a tremendous southpaw presence that season and Larry Anderson was dependable and effective. The bullpen only got deeper when they added Roger Mason and Bobby Thigpen.
Look, I want to like this team as much as the next guy [though I am struggling with this whole bubble, 60 game, no phans season and admit it readily] but this team has more warts on its pinky fingers than the 93 team had on its entire body. Lenny Dykstra, Darren Daulton, John Kruk, Dave Hollins as well as Stocker, Chamberlain, Duncan and Morandini had career years and I don't think any Phillie this year is having what we would consider a career year, 60 games or not.
That team also a great pitching coach in Johnny Podres and while Price is a good coach, I don't think he matches up to Podres. The one area where this team is better is the manager. I am deeply impressed with Joe Girardi and if this team does make the playoffs and has any post season success I will lay it at the feet of him. He is calm, focused and truly manages with a plan and if MK had given him a better bullpen this team would be 5 games better than they are now. After only 40 games I rank him with Mauch, Green and Manuel on my list of the greatest managers in my Phillie phan lifetime.
Other than Girardi over Fregosi, there really is no comparison between the two teams. This team is very average in a very watered down baseball product, that '93 team was ranked quite comfortably with incredibly talented teams in Toronto, Atlanta and San Francisco that year.