Shane Victorino turns 30 years old today. This marks the day that the last of the starting 7 hit the Big Three-Oh (only starting 7 due to Werth's departure and no official RF).
Starting 7's Age:
Raul Ibanez/38 (June 2, 1972)
Placido Polanco/35 (October 10, 1975)
Jimmy Rollins/32 (November 2, 1978)
Chase Utley/31 (December 17, 1978)
Carlos Ruiz/31 (January 22, 1979)
Ryan Howard/31 (November 19, 1979)
Shane Victorino/30 (November 30, 1980)
I'm very pessimistic about next year's offense. I honestly believe everyone's prime years are behind them and the decline has already begun. Nobody is in the 27-29 year old range where players typically excel. Instead everyone is on the wrong side of 30 and that's a bad thing. Injuries are harder to bounce back from. Aches and pains are more achy and painful. This isn't to say Howard won't go dump 45 balls over the fence next season or Rollins won't score 100 runs, but baseball statistician/historian Bill James would point to the age of this lineup as a major concern. That is why Domonic Brown is needed for his youth and salary relief. The Phils desperately need him to hit next season because they can't really afford for him not to.