An encouraging article about the fact that the Phillies’ roster, for all their current viggah,  is heading for AARP eligibility quickly:

Philadelphia’s hitters are getting old all at once. In 2007, when this batch of Phillies first made the playoffs, the average age  of the offense was 28.8 years old. Three years later, the average age of the Phillies’ offense was … exactly three years older. At 31.8 years old, the 2010 Phillies had one of the 10 oldest lineups in NL history. This year, their hitters are just a tick younger — 31.5. Only a handful of teams in history have fielded an offense this old in back-to-back seasons, and almost all of them paid a price.

Philly can get away with it because they’ve got such outstanding pitching at the moment.  But that can’t last forever.  (MWAAAA-HAHAHAHAAAA!!)  Also, according to the article, Philly is flirting with a dangerously tapped-out farm system.  My favorite part of the article, though? The faint sound of Nemesis’ footsteps to be heard in the background:

Meanwhile, the rest of the division isn’t standing still. Thanks to a spectacularly timed pair of 100-loss seasons, the Washington Nationals signed two of the most hyped prospects of all time in Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. This year, they drafted Anthony Rendon, the best college hitter in America. Add those three to a core of Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos, Jordan Zimmermann, Drew Storen, and Tyler Clippard — all 26 or younger — and something interesting is brewing in the nation’s capital.

Oh, you betcha! Regular port swillers will know that I have been beating this particular drum vigorously for some time.  I shall continue to do so until either my arm falls off or Rubin Amaro’s eardrums burst.

GO, NATS!!!

(A glass of wine with Jason Epstein in Right Field.)