Despite finishing in fourth place with 73 wins last season, Jonathan Papelbon believes the Philadelphia Phillies "have more talent than any other roster out there." No, seriously he does.
The boisterous closer revealed his thoughts on Boston's WEEI Hot Stove show on Thursday:
“On our team, I honestly believe we have more talent than any other roster out there. But if you don’t take that talent and mesh it together, figure out each others’ little pros and cons and figure out how to make a 25-man roster form into one, nothing will work. I don’t care how much you spend or how many guys you have in the bullpen or how many starters you have and it just doesn’t work,” said Papelbon. “Look at the Red Sox last year. John [McDonald] will probably tell you the moment he walked into the Red Sox clubhouse there was an entirely different feel from when he left Philly. I’m not putting those words in John’s mouth by any means, but when you have a group of guys who go for 162 games plus spring training plus the playoffs, you have to have each other’s backs and know what he’s going to do before the next guy from you is going to do before he does it.”
Papelbon does make an astute point, though. Chemistry definitely plays a pivotal role in the success or failure of a team, but so does skill and ability.
Nonetheless, it's safe to say that the Phillies don't boast the most talented roster in the league. In fact, the Phillies may not even be in the top five in the National League, with the Cardinals, Braves, Nationals, Dodgers, Giants, Reds, and Pirates all probably slotted ahead of them.
But if Papelbon wants to believe his club has the most talent then so be it.
Via The Big Lead